The Kooks

The Kooks

Biography

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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

The Kooks Album The Best Of...So Far Out Now

Posted on 19 May 2017

The Kooks Album The Best Of...So Far Out Now

The Kooks seen performing live in concert in O2 Guildhall - Southampton, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th May 2017

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

The Kooks Promise More Music To Come With 'Best Of... So Far' Album


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The Kooks have just dropped their first single in two years entitled 'Be Who You Are'; one of the brand new songs from their forthcoming compilation album 'Best Of... So Far'. The British indie band will be supporting the new release with a full UK tour starting in April.

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To celebrate more than 10 years together, the Brighton four-piece unveil their very first greatest hits album entitled 'Best Of... So Far', spanning work from their four studio albums: 'Inside In/ Inside Out', 'Konk', 'Junk of the Heart' and 'Listen'.

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The Kooks - The Kooks perform at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow at Barrowlands - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom - Friday 22nd January 2016

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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

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The Kooks Announce Spring 2015 Headlining Dates In North America

Posted on 13 January 2015

The Kooks Announce Spring 2015 Headlining Dates In North America

Joannna Froggatt and Azim Majid - Ibiza Rocks with The Kooks held at Ibiza Rocks Hotel - Celebrity Sightings - Ibiza, Spain - Wednesday 10th September 2014

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

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The Kooks Announce May 2014 Uk Tour Dates

Posted on 18 March 2014

The Kooks Announce May 2014 UK Tour Dates

Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Posted on 12 March 2014

Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones,  Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

The Kooks - Junk Of The Heart (Happy)


The Kooks' new single 'Junk of the Heart (Happy)' is the second single from their third Top Ten album of the same name and will be released on November 7th, through Virgin Records. It follows on from lead single 'Is It Me', which was released in September 2011.

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The Kooks, Konk Album Review


Read a review for The Kooks album Konk released through Virgin.

The Kooks debut album, "Inside In/ Inside Out" was a definable debut in Indie of the new millennium.it was bold, energetic, melodic and utterly thrilling. Now, it comes to the same band and their poke at the all important and difficult second album. And from the off, I must admit, it is evident that the Kooks are stating their case as one of the bands of the decade.

Tracks like "Always Where I Need To Be", "Mr. Maker", "Do You Wanna" and "Stormy Weather" stand out as the real wonderful tracks of the album. This is music with passion, accuracy, a touch of class and sheer music supremacy. The Kooks have matured greatly in album Number Two, but, significantly, they have still managed to maintain their lackadaisical, for-the-fun-of-it approach to music writing and I find that truly inspiring.

This album could be the sound track to the summer and certainly is bound to be amongst most popular albums of the year .Ace.

Daniel Black

4/5

The Kooks, Always where I need to be Single Review


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Always where I need to be
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