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Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (guitar), Max Rafferty (bass), and Paul Garred (drums) generate the rubbishy garage rock sounds of the Kooks. Named after the song on David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, the Kooks met while attending Brighton Music College in the mid-2000s. Each shared a liking for the Police, the Strokes, the Everly Brothers, and Funkadelic, and the bandmates began funneling such influences into their own sweet and precocious sound in 2005. Before the year’s end, the British foursome was releasing singles for Virgin UK. “Eddie’s Gun” and “Sofa Song” did moderately well on the U.K. singles chart; however, the romantic playfulness of “You Don’t Love Me” eventually gave the band its first ever Top 20 hit. The Kooks’ debut full-length, Inside In/Inside Out, arrived in January 2006. The band’s fifth single, “Naive,” landed at number five by spring. Hot on the heels of their international success, the Kooks made their American performance debut at the annual South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX, in March, and the U.S. version of Inside In/Inside Out arrived on Astralwerks in October 2006. Two years later, the Kooks returned with Konk, an album they hoped had a “bigger” sound than their debut. The album’s arrival coincided with the announcement that Rafferty had left the band and was replaced by former Cat the Dog bassist Dan Logan. -AllRovi


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"Fresh and thrilling" - Independent "A radical, crash-and-bang R&B change of direction for Luke Pritchard and co. Suits them." - Sunday Times, Culture - Playlist The Kooks will release their eagerly anticipated new album Listen on September 2nd via Astralwerks. Produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo, it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi platinum selling UK act. The Kooks have already laid down the gauntlet with swaggering first taster “Down,” and now look set to go one further with second single “Around Town,” to be released in the coming weeks. It is another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the forthcoming album. “To me,” Luke says, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.” Listen is made up of 11 tracks (the Deluxe has 15), with highlights including the street-smart garage rock of “Bad Habit,” the powerful and haunting “See Me Now,” and the incandescent joy of “Are We Electric.” The Kooks set the tone for the year ahead with some explosive live performances at South By Southwest and have just been announced to play both Ibiza Rocks and Reading/Leeds. They also step out in May playing four shows including one at London’s Electric Ballroom May 8th. Full track listing of Listen is: 1. Around Town 2. Forgive & Forget 3. Westside 4. See Me Now 5. It Was London 6. Bad Habit 7. Down 8. Dreams 9. Are We Electric 10. Sunrise 11. Sweet Emotion


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