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Three and a half years ago, Kodaline had a change of heart. The Irish band decided they would never again write a song that was just for fun. They needed to send a message with their music; they needed to keep things honest. Shortly after this revelation they wrote “High Hopes,” a track off their recent debut In a Perfect World that singer Steve Garrigan says has a very simple, important takeaway.

“When the song was written, we didn’t really have any direction,” Garrigan, who writes most of the songs, told Radio.com. “We were doing our own thing and I was sitting at the piano and going through a tough time and wrote that song about just trying my best to think positive. As cliché as it is, music is therapy. It’s like venting. You’re getting it off your chest and it feels good.”

Since then, Garrigan and the rest of the band, which includes guitarist Mark Prendergast, bassist Jason Boland and drummer Vinny May, only write songs that are influenced directly by their own lives, from the folky “Love Like This,” which focuses on a dead-end relationship to “Way Back Then,” which is a nostalgic ditty Prendergast wrote over lunch with a childhood friend.

“The song’s about growing up together, looking back at our childhoods and the freedom we didn’t know we had,” he explained. “You get a little older and you know so much more. It’s best to remember those days in a positive happy way.”

Read more on Radio.com.


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