With 2013 being named as the return of the guitar band, Kodaline have timed their arrival perfectly. A good job too, because the Irish four-piece haven't got a plan b.
"There are no other ideas. This is it," says lead singer Steve Garrigan, sat in a bar in central London with his other three bandmates. "It may sound cliched but this is all we've ever wanted," adds guitarist Mark Prendergast.
Steve and Mark, along with bassist Jay Boland and drummer Vinny May Jnr, have had an explosive start off the blocks. In three months, their debut track "All I Want" is approaching almost 100,000 copies sold. Written by Steve about an ex who broke his heart, he explains, "I was with this girl for about two and a half years, who went away on holiday and said 'we'll talk about it when we get back' and she came back with a boyfriend, so it was like 'oh shit', so I wrote about it.
Most of the song's success has been due to word of mouth from the video, a beauty and the beast melodrama directed by the upcoming Stevie Russell. The song, coupled with the story of a modern day 'monster' (played by Russell himself) winning over a blonde colleague, has racked up over 1.5 million views online. It was also hand-picked for the Google Zeitgeist ad, which has been watched by an audience of 13 million, bringing with it a solid army of fans.
"All I Want" is part of their debut 11-song opus In A Perfect World, out 17th June, which they've spent the best part of the last year making, and is an album of honest, melodic, soulful and romantic songs.
If it is as perfect a world as the title says, the foursome will fulfil their collective dream to "write as many albums as possible."
The lads - most of the line-up have been playing together since they were 15 - declare they're in it for the long haul. Says Steve: "We're such a new band but we're only going to get better. If we have the chance to make another album, it will be so much better than this one." It's a bold statement from the frontman but he means it. So hungry, they say they already have enough material for album two.
Getting their thirst from playing in their bedrooms as teenagers in the small Irish town of Swords, before grafting hard on the local band circuit in Dublin, means they already possess a cohesive sound. Even though Steve is the main songwriter, they all play a part in the process. "We all pitch in," explains Jason. "All the songs are about things that have happened to us."
Says Steve: "If you have a skeleton in your closet..." (with Mark joining in to finish) "you may as well make it dance."
And there's a few of those.
No stone is left unturned when it comes to the primary theme of romance and they're not afraid of sounding lovelorn. "We don't mind being known as a romantic rock band, it's not something to be ashamed of," admits Steve. "'Talk‚' for example, penned by Mark, with the lyrics "I've been counting the days since you went away‚" is another song about a lost love, its mid-section crescendo brilliantly executed.
The band wrote the album in four places, the Irish county of Leitrim, Worcestershire, Yorkshire and Wales - with each location heavily influencing the songs that were penned there.