The Kooks Biography

The Kooks are an English indie pop band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. Formed by Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar), Paul Garred (drums), and Max Rafferty (bass guitar), the lineup of the band remained constant until 2008 and the departure of Rafferty. Dan Logan was drafted in as a temporary replacement, until Peter Denton joined the band on a permanent basis in October 2008.

A self-described "pop" band, their music is primarily influenced by the 1960s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. With songs described as "catchy as hell" The Kooks have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, pop, reggae, and ska, at times being described as "a less severe Arctic Monkeys".

Signed to Virgin Records just three months after forming, The Kooks broke into the musical mainstream with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out (2006). The album was ultimately successful, achieving quadruple platinum status in the UK within a year and also overseas in the form of a platinum certification in Australia and two times platinum in Ireland. The Kooks found themselves entering into mainstream media attention, with the band winning the award for Best UK & Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 and picking up a nomination at The Brit Awards for the single "She Moves in Her Own Way. With their follow up Konk (2008) debuting at number one on the UK Albums Chart it recorded first week sales of 65,000, achieving gold status in both the UK and Ireland. The Kooks are currently working on their third studio album.

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The Kooks News

The Kooks: 'People are bored of guitar bands. We were bored of ourselves'

Frontman Luke Pritchard discusses his band's change in musical direction

  • Jul 14, 2014

The Kooks on new album: 'We could have renamed the band, it felt that different'

Frontman Luke Pritchard discusses band's reinvention

  • Jun 21, 2014

The Kooks evoke French cinema in new video for 'Around Town'

Band say there were inspired by directord Luke Besson and Quentin Tarantino

  • May 15, 2014

The Kooks close Liverpool Sound City with brand new songs - watch

The three day event comes to an end with shows from Jagwar Ma, Jungle and Ratking

  • May 4, 2014

The Kooks announce new album 'Listen'

Band will release their fourth album on September 1

  • Apr 24, 2014

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Bad Habit

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Sofa Song (Live)

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Forgive and Forget (Live)

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Down (Live)

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Around Town (Live)

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The Kooks Reviews

Album Review: The Kooks – ‘Junk Of The Heart’

Album Review: The Kooks – ‘Junk Of The Heart’

The Kooks just aren't that 'kooky' anymore

  • Sep 6, 2011

The Kooks

Konk

  • Apr 11, 2008

The Kooks: Central Station, Wrexham. Tuesday January 23

Indie’s boyband bounce back with spanking new songs but minus a bassist

  • Feb 7, 2008

The Kooks: Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens, Blackpool; Wednesday, August 23

Luke Pritchard and his vest-wearing cohorts go coastal – swapping their hometown of Brighton for Blackpool

  • Sep 13, 2006

The Kooks: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, Thursday, May 11

Hold onto your curly wigs, Kooksmania has arrived and is settling in very nicely indeed

  • May 26, 2006

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