The Kooks - 'Listen'

The Kooks - 'Listen'

'Listen' comes with a piece of advice from Luke Pritchard. ''This is evolution, so take my hand", he sings on 'Are We Electric', a dizzying song that sounds like it was created in CBBC's sound effects cupboard. The frontman conceived The Kooks'...

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

The Kooks – ‘Junk Of The Heart’

Most people still regard The Kooks as a kind of shrink-wrapped Libertines for pre-teens: The Libertweenies, if you will. This is harsh, especially when you consider even Johnny bloody Borrell was accusing them of being shameless careerists....

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The Kooks

The Kooks

There’s this great game we play sometimes down the pub on a Thursday, after we’ve dotted the i’s on the Tracks page and legalled Peter Robinson Vs for another week. It’s called Who’s In Your Triptych Of Evil? and basically involves each...

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The Kooks: Central Station, Wrexham. Tuesday January 23

The Kooks: Central Station, Wrexham. Tuesday...

Welcoming back The Kooks, the first thing that strikes you is what a motley crew they are. ‘Boyband indie’? Pah. They are not merely the band that fashion overlooked: they’re the band that fashion would probably leave in a hot car with all...

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

The Kooks: Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens,...

Let’s get this straight – the British seaside is a grim place. Not for us warm, undulating turquoise seas and sun-kissed sandy beaches littered with bronzed beauties topping up their tans. Instead we get condoms and tampons washed up onshore,...

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

The Kooks: Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton,...

So this busker wanders onstage in a grandad vest, great-grandad cardie and a straw hat that looks like it’s just been dredged out of a canal where it was home to a nesting family of mallards, strums a couple of chords of a throwaway acoustic...

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The Kooks: Islington Bar Academy, London, Thurs Sept 1

The Kooks: Islington Bar Academy, London, Thurs...

Sometimes there’s nothing quite as good as a perfectly-formed pop song. A singalong chorus can be all it takes to pull you out of the doldrums of everyday existence and into a blissful world in which all reality TV stars are shot and in which...

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