With echoes of sixties Britpop, the group provided the soundtrack of a summer with tracks like Ooh La, She Moves in her Own Way and Naïve. Their follow-up album, Konk, in 2008, featured more of the same quirky pop-infused rock, peaking at number one and serving up hits including Always Where I Need to Be.
The four piece had gone deathly quiet until releasing their latest album, Listen, in September this year. Representing a totally different direction for the group, this latest offering envelopes frontman Luke Pritchard’s distinctive vocals in funky, soulful beats, spliced with electro synths and energetic gospel elements. The critics have been raving about this reinvention of The Kooks, with The Telegraph stating that “The Kooks have come out fighting, completely re-evaluating and overhauling their sound, and the result is an exuberant fourth album bristling with character.”
They played Cambridge Corn Exchange on 18 November – read the review here.