Kodaline's drummer Vinny May has admitted he and his bandmates have grown "closer" over the years and keep one another "grounded".

The 30-year-old musician said he and his bandmates - Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergrast and Jason Boland - are better friends now" than when they released their debut album In a Perfect World in 2013.

"We have a lot of the same friends and keep each other grounded. We've learned over the years what people’s pressure points are and when to give someone space," he told BANG Showbiz.

"I think we are definitely closer now than ever. There was a time when we would not talk about our feelings if someone doesn’t like something."

"We would just let it build up. Whereas now, we can sit down and talk about it and clear the air and move on. I think it’s something you learn with age as well."

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Opening up about their first-ever Christmas single, This Must Be Christmas, May admits it was on the band's wishlist for a long time.

"It's something we’ve always wanted to do for a while for the past couple of years but we’ve never really had the time to do it.

We started working on it last Christmas and we had a good idea of it and finished it off in February and March," he added.

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