Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell
Dublin four-piece Wild Youth are on the crest of a wave; fresh off of a European tour with Kodaline, their summer hit Can’t Move On passing a million streams on Spotify – and this Saturday, they play a sold-out show at Galway’s Róisín Dubh.
Wild Youth’s sound is contemporary pop-rock, along the lines of the Script and the 1975 – smooth keys and subtle guitar riffs built around catchy vocal hooks and tap-along beats.
It’s a radio-friendly combination that has seen a meteoric industry rise for the band over the last year and a half. And keyboardist and songwriter Conor O’Donohoe offers an insight as to how it’s come about.
“We’re a very driven band – we just love music and we want to work as hard as possible,” he declares.
“We got home on Saturday and we’re straight back into rehearsals again. We’ve got these shows [on the Irish tour] and then we’re straight back into the studio again, it’s just more shows and more studio time. There’s pretty much no days off between now and Christmas. We hate time off because we just love what we do.”
Touring with Kodaline consisted of massive gigs in major European cities – Paris, Milan and Barcelona among them. For a young band looking to gain traction and recognition, the experience was ideal.
“It was a dream come true really,” Conor admits. “A lot of us had never even been to any of those cities, so travelling around playing with a band we absolutely love . . .getting to see all those cities for the little parts that we got to go out and see, was just amazing.
“It’s funny, people thought it must’ve been so hard with all the travel – we just didn’t want to stop. It’s given us a real fire in our bellies to keep working harder than ever and try and get to that stage ourselves.”
His admiration for seasoned bands like Kodaline is evident. The maturity to recognise and appreciate the experience of friends in the music industry has provided Wild Youth with a platform.
“I think you set your own kind of tone as to what you want to be as a band,” Conor notes.
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