Catapulted into the limelight by the overwhelming success of their debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, The Kooks cemented their reputation as one of the UK’s best bands with 2008’s follow up ‘Konk’ which debuted in the album charts at #1. Album number 3 is currently nearing completion and soon to be winging its way to the ever faithful and growing legions of fans. In the meantime, let us bring you up to date with the recent life and times of The Kooks...
The past few years has brought with it an extensive touring schedule for the band. From intimate secret sets in Paris and London, to countless sold out arena shows in the UK, Europe and South America, a full no-stones-left-unturned US tour, and a whole heap of festival slots playing to crowds hundreds of thousands in number - not to mention their unforgettable show at Ibiza Rocks ‘09. The band have travelled all over the world, taking those same songs that were scribbled down in a bedroom or unexpectedly came to life at late night jams, out to the crowds and watching them grow into fully fledged classics. Tracks such as ‘Naive’, ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Always Where I Need To Be’ - a number of which featured regularly in last year’s ‘top songs of the decade’ polls - as well as live favourites ‘Do You Wanna’, ‘Sway’ and ‘Shine On’.
As is the inevitable result of such extensive touring and of being in a band established by young Brightonian men then still in their teens, The Kooks too have grown in many ways. Developing as both musicians, songwriters and individuals. Musically? They’ve become hungrier for different sounds, for experimenting but at the same time refining and mastering their craft, never straying too far from that self-definable Kooks sound. As individuals? Life in a band has certainly exceeded all of their expectations, and the rollercoaster ride element has served only to bring Luke, Hugh, Pete & Chris closer than ever before.
Three elements remain at the beating heart of the band: music, friendship... and doing anything it takes to get a damn good pop song. As Luke puts it simply, 'If it doesn't make you feel good, then what's the point? There's too much drab shoe-gazing shit around. I hate all that cack. You've got to push through it. That's where you get great songs.’
For the multitudes who have been to a live show, or anyone who’s spent time with the band, it’s clear from witnessing their interactions that music and friendship are two sides of the same coin - and it’s this mix that has really struck a chord with literally hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Commenting on The Kooks’ dedicated fanbase, Hugh observes, ‘Music should make you happy, it should change you in some way. That's why our fans are so crazy and committed. There's that connection.’
So after retreating to the English countryside for some secret writing sessions, and armed with plenty of inspiration for new material, the end of 2009 saw The Kooks reconvene to a studio in east London, where they hunkered down to more writing, demoing and finally laying down the songs that will form that hotly anticipated 3rd album.
Back to now and the band have just rounded up another incredible summer of festivals and live dates which included headlining the opening party of the Mallorca Rocks Hotel, a return to Ibiza Rocks, headline shows in Berlin and Luxembourg, as well as main stage slots at V Festival, Lowlands, Pukkelpop and more.