Camden’s Roundhouse was the perfect place for an infusion of soft pop by Kodaline as the Irish band bring their UK tour to a close.

They arrive on stage to be greeted by a devoted, roaring crowd. They then proceed to perform songs both from their latest album and their older ones. Not only this give us a taste of what to expect, but also shows us their evolution as a group.

The night starts with a classic from the group, Follow Your Fire, which is a rhythmic experiment for the four-piece, with highlighted beats from both the drums and the strings; it’s a very interesting track, broadening the alternative creative spectrum of the band.

The versatility in their music is extremely enjoyable as they switch seamlessly between energetic tunes and peaceful ballads. The enchanting character of this band lies in their lyrics. Although the main theme is overindulging love, the latest album – Politics of Living – once again prove that the text plays a big part in their composition.

All the songs will have you reminiscing about past relationships, family and growing up. So, it is no surprise when people get emotional during single Brother, where leaving the romance for a moment, Kodaline puts all the attention to a strong familiar bond, the one between siblings. The song touchers on death but puts it in perspective by reaffirming fraternal ties.

The night concludes with a gradual climax, the tone and strength of the chants rising in All I Want to then switch to High Hopes where the atmosphere become a slower rendition. Seeing them live is an experience full of powerful meaning.

Los Angeles-based alt-pop artist Patrick Martin was the incredible support act of this tour. He is an old soul with a young spirit who rules the stage; a bold, brash performer who spends his spare time caring for abandoned animals at his local dog shelter. He’s a contradiction, but it all kind of makes sense when you let his potent song writing wash over you.

His signature voice, paired with emotional storytelling, leaves the audience with a sense of timelessness. His moves on stage reminds me of the great Freddie Mercury and they leave me astonished – an an amazing artist!

His sets include well-known singles Cinema Love and Both of You; the first one is a dynamic, endearing intro, a kind of final farewell to the days of a pivotal relationship. The second is a partnership with British producer Kid Harpoon and has a punk edge to it.

Setting his eyes on the biggest prize of all, Martin wants to take his music around the world and constantly writing; he’s already plotting his debut album and we can’t help but look forward to that.

Review & photos by Selena Ferro

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