THE TOP THREE PRETENDERS TO THE COLDPLAY CROWN
You don’t have to travel far to find the latest “new” Coldplay, as Swords band Kodaline come as close to the description as any. Like Coldplay, they have their fans adulatory) and their detractors (quite a few music critics, it seems), but there’s little denying the Irish act’s widescreen sound and emotive way with an epic, smartphone-in-the-air ballad. Their huge commercial success is based, so far, on one solitary album. Key song: High Hopes.
YOUNG THE GIANT
From Irvine, California, this indie rock act layer on the melodies, stack up the catchy hooks and rack up the hollow ballads like they’re going out of fashion. Regarded as the American version of Coldplay, their success is from just two albums, so there ain’t no legacy catalogue here yet - just sodden indie/pop songs such as My Body, Cough Syrup and Apartment (a song so happy it’s truly unbearable). Key song: Apartment.
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
This is disappointing – a band from Iceland that isn’t weird (I mean, seriously!). Rather, you get a wholesome indie sound underscored by the plain voice of Nanna Bryndis Hilmarsdottir. The US loves them and so does Ireland – the band’s 2011 debut (and only) album, My Head is an Animal, made the number one spot. Again, huge success from just one album. When will this madness end? Key song: King and Lionheart