Kodaline have an impressive track record on the Official Irish Albums Chart, and look to continue it this week with their new album One Day At A Time.
The Swords band's first three albums all debuted at Number 1 in Ireland, and their fourth album is in contention to do the same. With the most downloads achieved so far this week, Steve, Mark, Vinnie and Jason are battling Liam Gallagher and David Gray for the top spot.
But does the potential of another Number 1 add a bit of extra anxiety to each release?
"There is a pressure yeah," frontman Steve told us on a phonecall. "If there’s three, we do want the fourth to go to Number 1 obviously. We were only talking about it the other day over Zoom! It’s tough without physical because that does contribute a lot for us. But if it doesn’t that’s fine… but it would be great if it did!"
For the sake of their fans who would really appreciate new music right now during a global pandemic, Kodaline decided to put out One Day At A Time digitally first, without being able to secure a CD and vinyl release. But plans are are in the works for physical editions.
Steve explained: "We decided to push ahead before a ‘new normal’ because the fans that we have would appreciate new music right now. It is a bit odd not having a physical release but we’re looking to re-release the album with a deluxe edition on CD and have vinyl because our fans do like a physical copy."