Man Alive – What Are The Chances

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Man Alive is the musical project of Irish musician Mark Prendergast. If you know your indie bands then you’ll recognise Mark as a member of acclaimed supergroup Kodaline, who have amassed more than a billion streams to date.

‘What Are The Chances’ is the singer-songwriter and guitarist’s latest release, and serves as a taster to his debut ‘Colours’ EP (out now).

“I’ve always written songs and demoed them for myself, but I’ve never released them because I wasn’t the singer in the band. Then, and I hate to bring it up, but it was a f**king lockdown thing – I broke up with a girl I was dating for a couple of years and then went into lockdown, and ended up writing a tonne of songs that were just so personal.   “I never had aspirations to be a singer, ever, but the songs were just too personal to hand over to someone else to sing.”

The track itself treats listeners to a beautifully melodic blend of indie and pop, and marks Prendergast as one of the most gifted indie songwriters to come out of Ireland in quite some time.

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New Music: Lewis Watson

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Indie pop sound from someone who’s previously toured with band-of-the-moment Kodaline. What you’re listening to are some live tracks which can be downloaded for free on his site. Check out here.

First Watch: Kodaline ‘All My Friends’ (LCD Soundsystem cover)


The original version of this was one of my favourite tracks from 2007, and I’m in love with this reworking by BBC Sound of 2013 contenders Kodaline.