By Erin Coulehan
Hearts are certain to be set aflutter this Valentine’s weekend by Kodaline and LP at U Street Music Hall. After releasing debut album, In A Perfect World, in the fall, Kodaline set out on their first headlining tour before returning home to Ireland for the holidays.
Now, the band is excited to be back on the road visiting familiar faces and expanding their fan base in the states.
“We had a good break and are all rested up now,” says drummer Vinny May. “We’re excited to pick up with touring again and to be back in the states.”
The music, a combination of lush guitars and romantic musings, is as tender as it is intriguing.
“We try to bring that with us during the lives shows,” says May. “We want the fans to feel what we’re putting out there.”
Their first single, “All I Want,” caught the attention of American and international listeners with its release last year, and the band has been steadily rising ever since.
“It’s crazy,” says May. “But we’re so happy and lucky to be able to do this.”
Supporting Kodaline on this journey across America is ukele-toting rocker LP from New York City. With an electric-charged sound and debut album due out this spring on Warner Bros., the singer-songwriter is eager to put this personal collection of songs out for the public to enjoy.
The songs feature a combination of different rhythms and tempos that LP put together and tirelessly recorded once inspiration struck her.
“I record everything,” she says. “Once I get that inspiration — that spark — I record it. I don’t ever want to lose that.”
While writing the album, LP spent some time in Big Sur, taking in the scenery while reading Iceberg Slim, a reformed pimp turned urban fiction author. “I felt like I should’ve been reading Walt Whitman or something, but that’s the kind of stuff I like,” she says.
The unlikely combination, much like her hauntingly beautiful voice mixed with anthemic production, worked seemingly effortlessly.
But LP takes the music and touring seriously, and says that being on the road requires a certain degree of reclusiveness in order to stay focused.
“I kind of withdraw into myself, and make sure that I’m able to give the best performance each night,” she says.
Being on the road with Kodaline has been a blast, and LP says the music is complementary.
“They have a great fan base. And our music goes really well together. I can’t quite explain it, but both produce a kind of euphoria.”
Catch Kodaline and LP at U Street Music Hall on February 15th.