The Kooks

The Kooks


The Kooks formed in Brighton in 2004 and are an English indie rock band. The Kooks currently consist of guitarist and vocalist Luke Pritchard, drummer Paul Garred, lead guitarist and backing vocalist Hugh Harris, and bassist Dan Logan, who replaced Max Rafferty in 2008. The Kooks have two Top 5 albums to their name, as well as a string of Top 40 singles.

Early Days: The Kooks met as students at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Luke Pritchard formerly attended The Brits Performing Arts and Technology School in Croydon, where he was linked to musician Katie Melua. Luke Pritchard and Max Rafferty collaborated on a college project before getting Hugh Harris and Paul Garred on board. The band decided to name themselves after the song Kooks from David Bowie's 1971 album, Hunky Dory. The Kooks also shared a love of artists such as The Strokes, Bob Dylan, and The Police, which they began to channel into their own blend of poppy indie rock.

Inside In / Inside Out: In June 2005, soon after signing to Virgin Records, The Kooks released their debut single, Eddie's Gun. But it was The Kooks' third single, You Don't Love Me, which earned the band their first Top 20 hit. On 23rd January 2006, the Kooks unleashed their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, which shot to number two in the UK Album Chart, eventually selling two million copies worldwide and going triple platinum in the UK. An alternative version of the album, called Inside In/Inside Out Acoustic, is also available.

Inside In/Inside Out was followed by the single Naรฏve, penned by Pritchard when he was just sixteen, and which reached number five in the UK Singles Chart on its release in March 2006. The Kooks' rise to fame accelerated with the release of another Top 10 single, She Moves in Her Own Way, and a support slot for The Rolling Stones at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. Now well and truly in the media limelight, The Kooks were drawn into a spat with Razorlight, who also opened for The Rolling Stones on this tour. The NME regularly reported on the feud between Razorlight's front man Johnny Borrell and The Kooks' Luke Pritchard.

Across the UK, The Kooks were enjoying playing to packed venues and October 2006 saw the band set off on their first US tour, selling out shows in New York and Los Angeles. That year The Kooks were nominated for Best New Act at the Q Awards, but lost out to Corinne Bailey Rae. They were also nominated for Best UK and Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The Kooks: The Kooks released the first of their new material in March 2008 with the single Always Where I Need To Be. The Kooks' second album, Konk, followed on 14th April and went straight to number one. Konk was recorded at the London studio of the same name, owned by Ray Davies, singer-songwriter with The Kinks. The Kooks also recorded seven tracks at RAK studios in London and included this CD, entitled RAK, in the double disc version of the album. Shine On was the second single to be taken from Konk and reached number twenty-five on its release in July 2008. Earlier that year, bass player Max Rafferty left The Kooks and was replaced by Dan Logan, a member of Brighton band Cat The Dog.

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The Kooks Perform At Heineken Music Hall In Amsterdam

Shots of British indie rock band The Kooks as the give a live performance to a sold out crowd at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands - Saturday 31st January 2015

Luke Pritchard and The Kooks
Luke Pritchard and The Kooks
Luke Pritchard and The Kooks
Luke Pritchard and The Kooks
Luke Pritchard and The Kooks
Luke Pritchard and The Kooks

The Kooks - See Me Now

With the release of their fourth studio album, 'Listen', British rock band The Kooks have released a music video for their song, 'See Me Now'. The song appears on the album as it's fourth track and the video shows the band walking through the city.

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The Kooks - Down [Vevo UK Go Show - Live]

Ahead of their performance at Vevo Go Show, The Kooks talked about their excitement for the performance of their single, 'Down'. The song is featured as the seventh track on their September, 2014 fourth studio album, 'Listen'.

Ibiza Rocks With The Kooks - Celebrity Sightings

Laura Pradelska - Ibiza Rocks with The Kooks held at Ibiza Rocks Hotel - Celebrity Sightings - Ibiza, Spain - Wednesday 10th September 2014

The Kooks and Laura Pradelska
The Kooks, Joannna Froggatt and Azim Majid
The Kooks, Joannna Froggatt and Azim Majid
The Kooks and Laura Pradelska

The Kooks - Vevo All Access: The Kooks

At Outside Lands Festival 2014 in San Francisco, The Kooks talk about Haim, wine-tasting and, most importantly, the food.

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget

The Kooks reveal the video for their single Forgive and Forget, ahead of their new album, Listen, being released in September, 2014. Listen will be the bands fourth studio album and their first in three years.

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios)

The Kooks are set to return with their fourth studio album 'Listen' on September 1st 2014 via Virgin records. In a new video, they give an intimate live performance of their new track 'Forgive & Forget' at Hana Studios.

The Kooks At BBC Radio 1

Paul Garred - The Kooks at the BBC Radio 1 studios - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 17th June 2014

The Kooks and Paul Garred
The Kooks and Max Rafferty

The Kooks - Around Town

'Around Town' is the brand new single and video from The Kooks released ahead of their upcoming fourth album entitled 'Listen'. The record is due for release later this year on September 1st 2014 through Virgin records.

The Kooks - Carried Away (Live)

The Kooks - Killing Me (Live)

The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart (Happy) (Live)

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