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

Frontman Luke Pritchard discusses band's reinvention

The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard has said that the band’s new album ‘Listen’ is so different to their old material that they could have renamed the band.

The band will release the LP on September 1. Produced by frontman Luke Pritchard and hip-hop producer Inflo, it features the recent singles ‘Down’ and ‘Around Town’. Scroll down for a full tracklisting.

“I think of this album as a debut album. We could have renamed the band, it felt that different,” Pritchard told Gigwise. “The first three albums were chapter one, this album is the first of chapter two.


He continued: “You know what? We don’t to be an indie band, we never wanted to be an indie band. We want to reach a broader spectrum musically. I played a few songs to the label, and they were like ‘fuck wow’. I thought it would be the opposite. I thought it was more avant garde – and that’s where I wanted to go.”

‘Listen’ tracklisting:

‘Around Town’
‘Forgive & Forget’
‘See Me Now’
‘It Was London’
‘Bad Habit’
‘Are We Electric’
‘Sweet Emotion’