Brother (Kodaline song)

"Brother" is a song by Dublin-based alternative rock quartet Kodaline. It was written by Jason Boland, Vincent May, Corey Sanders, Jon Maguire, Mark Prendergast, Alex Davies and Stephen Garrigan, with the song's production handled by Two Inch Punch and Stephen Harris. It was released to digital retailers on 23 June 2017, as the lead single from the band's third studio album Politics of Living.[1]

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Single by Kodaline
from the album Politics of Living
Released23 June 2017 (2017-06-23)
GenreIndie pop
Kodaline singles chronology
"Ready to Change"
Music video
"Brother" on YouTube


The band first teased the song's release through a tweet on 15 June 2017. A 15-second teaser was posted, along with the song's details, including its release date.[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video was released alongside the single, and was directed by Stevie Russell, who also produced the music videos for the band's previous singles "Honest", "High Hopes" and "All I Want".

"It was such a pleasure to work with Stevie again, every time we read one of his scripts they jump right off the page. We can't wait for everyone to see what he's done for 'Brother', he really captured the perfect vibe again," the band said in a statement.

Robin Murray of Clash magazine described the video as "a highly moving, touching, directly emotional affair, one that taps into the core of the song."[3] Rob Copsey of Official Charts Company described it as "emotional".[4]

Critical receptionEdit

Robin Murray of Clash magazine wrote: "'Brother' has all those key Kodaline components - moving lyrics, and a soaring chorus."[3] Rob Copsey of Official Charts Company called the production from Two Inch Punch and Stephen Harris a "nifty new production", and wrote that the song is "the rousing and emotional Kodaline you'll probably already be familiar with".[4]

Track listingEdit

Digital download[5]
Digital download – Stripped Back[6]
1."Brother" (Stripped Back)3:18

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits adapted from Tidal.[7]

  • Jason Boland – composer, lyricist, bass guitarist, background vocalist
  • Vincent May – composer, lyricist, background vocalist, drummer, percussionist
  • Corey Sanders – composer, lyricist
  • Jon Maguire – composer, lyricist, programmer
  • Mark Prendergast – composer, lyricist, background vocalist, guitarist, pianist, strings player
  • Alex Davies – composer, lyricist, strings player
  • Stephen Garrigan – composer, lyricist, vocalist, background vocalist
  • Two Inch Punch – producer
  • Stephen Harris – producer, strings player
  • Mark Stent – mixing engineer
  • Stuart Hawkes – mastering engineer
  • Ben Ash – keyboard engineer, programmer


Chart (2017–18) Peak
Czech Republic (Rádio – Top 100)[8] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 36
Irish Homegrown Top 20 (IRMA)[10] 8
Scotland (OCC)[11] 39
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 18


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Poland (ZPAV)[13] Gold 25,000 
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[14] Platinum 20,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Silver 200,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ Ros Madigan (23 June 2017). "LISTEN: Kodaline Release Emotional New Video & Single 'Brother'". Today FM. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  2. ^ Jessica Marie Ruxton (15 June 2017). "Kodaline's new track 'Brother' will be released next Friday". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Robin Murray (23 June 2017). "Kodaline Post Emotional 'Brother' Video". Clash. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. ^ a b Rob Copsey (23 June 2017). "Kodaline are back with their new single Brother and the music video will make you cry - Premiere". Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Brother - Single by Kodaline on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Brother (Stripped Back) - Single by Kodaline on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Brother / Kondaline TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  8. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 201805 into search. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  9. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 19 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Irish Homegrown Top 20 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Kodaline – Brother". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Wyróżnienia – Złote płyty CD - Archiwum - Przyznane w 2022 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  14. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Kodaline; 'Brother')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Kodaline – Brother". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 April 2022.