As co-founder, guitarist and co-songwriter for Kodaline, Mark Prendergast has achieved over a billion streams, three #1 albums in Eire, two Prime 5 data within the UK and performed exhibits all around the world. Now he introduces a brand new facet to his creativity as he shares ‘Be Somebody’, the debut single from his new solo venture Man Alive.
‘Be Somebody’ is a young, star-reaching dose of alt-folk which is nearer to the realms of Bon Iver and Phoebe Bridgers than it’s to Kodaline. Mark’s voice is delicate and exact, whispering across the manufacturing like a name from an imaginary good friend earlier than gaining energy for its hypnotic hook. But throughout the magnificence and spaciousness of the music, his phrases convey a palpable sense of the internal turmoil that follows the battle that comes with an sudden break-up: “Was it a joke once you stated you’d be mine?”
“‘Be Somebody’ is a few long-distance relationship falling aside, and the way once you’re with someone, they make you’re feeling like a sure sort of individual, however then once you finish the connection and also you’re by your self, you at all times change into a very completely different individual.”
A break-up, adopted by lockdown impressed Mark to jot down, report and produce a listing of songs from his dwelling studio. ‘Be Somebody’ is simply the primary style of extra music to comply with that can see Mark contact upon parts that trace at Tame Impala, Harry Kinds, Coldplay and a complete lot extra.
Mark’s good friend Aisling Bea proved to be a pivotal affect for him to take Man Alive to the broader world. He performed her an early model of ‘Be Somebody’ after they have been in Los Angeles in 2021, and her perception within the venture actually pushed him to make it occur. However all friendships generally want a bit powerful love, and that second got here when Aisling satisfied Mark that the title of his authentic artist alter ego – Blood Kind – was “shit and doesn’t match your music.”
Aisling was additionally current when Mark held a wildly over capability occasion at dwelling to launch Man Alive. His six-piece band performed (together with Josh McClorey, guitarist for The Strypes, Miles Kane and Declan McKenna), whereas his buddies James Vincent McMorrow and Gavin James additionally carried out, with Aisling performing as MC for the night time.
There’s loads extra to return from Mark and Kodaline sooner or later, however Man Alive’s journey is simply starting. Whereas it affords infinite alternatives, a couple of beers, exploring some concepts and writing some good songs is so far as his ambition stretches…for now.
Watch the video for ‘Be Somebody’ under, and discover out extra about Mark and Man Alive and their music, on-line on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Fb.