Exclusive: Kodaline release panda-loving music video for 'bitter sweet' single Ready To Change

Emma Powell
Exclusive: Kodaline have dropped a new video

Kodaline have set up home at the zoo in the hotly anticipated music video for their latest single, Ready To Change.

The four minute video tells the story of a man who can’t talk to humans, only animals, and is encouraged to open up by dressing up as a panda with a zoo keeper.

The band "dreamt up" the concept with director Stevie Russell who worked with them previously on All I Want, High Hopes, Honest and Brother.

Singer Steve Garrigan said the "bitter sweet" song is about a former friend of the four-piece.

He told the Standard: "The song is written about an old friend of ours who was very close to us but also very set in his own ways. He always talked about turning over a new leaf but he never fully committed to it.

"We fell out with him over time. The songs a slightly bitter sweet song about him."

The video coincides with the release of new EP, I Wouldn’t Be, and comes ahead of the release of the band's third album, which despite having In A Perfect World and Coming Up For Air under their belt proved "harder" to put together.

"It’s been a lot harder than the last two but in a good way, as we set out to challenge ourselves," Garrigan said.

"It was full of ups downs, ins, outs and everything else in between, it worked out great in the end though.

"We worked with a lot of different producers and writers which was a first for us. It challenged us to go to new uncomfortable songwriting areas and to push ourselves creatively."

The band will head off on a mini UK tour in December with a night at the O2 Academy Brixton.