It was a little over two years ago when Irish alternative rockers Kodaline played their first gig in Boston. They headlined a free gig at Church nightclub in the Fenway area, as part of radioBDC’s +1 series. At that time they were virtually unknown in the United States and had yet to release their first full length album.
Now, two years and two albums later the band found themselves headlining the 2,500 capacity House of Blues right up the street from the club where that free show took place. In addition to the live crowd, the show was also being streamed live online to thousands at home as part of the “Yahoo! Live” streaming concert series. In the time between their first and most recent gig, the band have headlined – and sold out – the 525 capacity Sinclair, and 925 capacity Paradise Rock Club.
The band took the stage at House of Blues at 9pm sharp on Wednesday, opening with “Ready” a track from their most recent album “Coming Up for Air.” The band drew evenly from their two albums on the setlist, playing 8 songs from each. The lone exception was the 2nd song of the encore which was a medley of 3 separate songs from their debut album “Big Bad World,” “Talk,” and “Perfect World.” Kodaline closed out the night by performing the popular track “All I Want” with opener Gavin James.
Kodaline’s live performance is a big part of what has driven them to such rapid international success. The band is tight in their sound and possesses wonderful onstage chemistry. Another element of their live performance is how many instruments are used, acoustic guitars, mandolins, a harmonica, and a tambourine are just a few of the extra instruments they bring to the table during their set.
Be sure to check out our interview with Kodaline guitarist Mark Prendergast HERE
Check out some photos from the show below and head over to the Mosh Pit Report facebook page for additional photo content.