The Kooks go to war with Razorlight

The band lay down the gauntlet live on stage

The Kooks have gone to war with Razorlight after laying down the gauntlet live on stage.

The band were playing the final night of their UK tour at London’s Astoria last night (May 18) when singer Luke Pritchard took a swipe at their rivals.

“This one’s for Johnny Borrell,” the frontman quipped, before the group launched into their recent single ‘Naïve’.


Pritchard was responding to Borrell’s comments in this week’s issue of NME, where he said: “The Kooks sound like they’re rolling over and begging Radio 1 to fuck them.”

The Razorlight singer said: “I heard their single on the radio the other day and it sounds like fucking Avril Lavigne! If he can live with himself after that production, and if he feels like he has to slag people off to keep up, then I’m sure his nights are long and those moments of doubt are really painful.”

Continuing the tirade, Borrell added: “For a start, he models his style on me. And that record is the most horrible thing I’ve ever heard. It sounds like the band are literally rolling over, sticking their arse in the air and begging Radio 1 to fuck them. So fuck The Kooks. Fuck ‘em!”

For the full interview with Razorlight, be sure to pick up this week’s copy of NME, which is out on newsstands nationwide right now.