Kodaline friends with bikers

Kodaline like to think they have a "biker seal of approval" after playing one of their first shows at a heavy metal bar

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Kodaline like to think they have a "biker seal of approval".

The Irish indie group - picked to be showcased as one of iTunes New Artists of 2013 - played a gig in a biker bar early in their career, and although they found it tough, look back at it as a victory.

The band's Stephen Garrigan told BANG Showbiz: "We played a tiny venue in Cork, it was called Fred Zeppelin's. There was a metal band downstairs and it was kind of a biker bar. At the height of our set there were about 10 people watching us.

"Every so often one of the big bikers would walk up, have a look, then shake their heads and be like, 'nah'.

"We were still finding our feet, but that show was also so f***ing loud. We had to work pretty hard, but we'd like to think we've got a biker seal of approval now."

The band - which also includes Vinnie May Jr., Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast - are preparing to release their debut album next year, and admit being worried how it will be received.

Jason added: "The album comes out in March, we'll be nervous all that week."

Vinnie added: "We will s**t ourselves!"

Also included on the iTunes New Artists of 2013 list are Azealia Banks, Bastille, Daughter, Disclosure, Foxes, Gabrielle Aplin, HAIM, Laura Mvula, Rudimental, Syron and The 1975.

Kodaline

Epic indie from this young Dublin four-piece.

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