The Kooks
The Kooks
The Kooks are an English Indie rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2001. Formed by Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Paul Garred (drums), and Alan Lavian, 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. Early in 2010 Pritchard announced the departure of drummer Paul Garred, due to a nerve problem in his arm.
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The Kooks' Luke Pritchard interview: 'We're more current than Arctic Monkeys' - Digital Spy UK
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In anticipation of the band's third album Junk of the Heart, we caught up with frontman Luke Pritchard to talk music, X Factor and Adele. What can you tell us about your new album? "There's quite a few different instruments we've not used before
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Exclusive premiere: The Kooks "Is It Me" - IFC
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"It's upbeat; an album to play in the sun," frontman Luke Pritchard said of the forthcoming 12 song record, "What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album. Something you can listen to from front to back. We're an album band and this is a
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Luke Pritchard's My London - Evening Standard
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A basement flat in Clerkenwell. I live by Exmouth Market, which is cool. I grew up in Clapham so I also consider that home. All My Sons at the Apollo Theatre. It had David Suchet in it, which I was excited about because I'm a big Poirot fan
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The Kooks Announce New Single - FemaleFirst.co.uk
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Replete with infectious hooks and a polyphonic chorus that sparkles with youthful vivacity, 'Is It Me' is an anthem in the making and a shining example of Luke Pritchard's candid lyrical style. Having sold some 3 million records worldwide and after a
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The Kooks not hindered by member changes - Musicrooms.net
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By MusicRooms on 15/08/2011 Kooks front man Luke Pritchard does not believe there will be any problems now the band have had to changed their line-up. The group's drummer Paul Garred was forced to leave the group for medical reasons and was replaced by
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The Kooks not hindered by member changes - Jacaranda 94.2
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By bangshowbiz.com Luke Pritchard insists the line-up changes of his band The Kooks haven't been a ''hindrance'' to the group. Luke Pritchard doesn't see The Kooks' changing line up as a "hindrance". The group's drummer Paul Garred left due to medical
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The Kooks admit they'd become 'stale' before they recorded their third LP - NME.com
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Speaking in The Independent, the band's singer Luke Pritchard spoke of how he believes he is misunderstood, but that The Kooks fear nothing now they have recorded 'Junk Of The Heart'. Everyone thinks they're misunderstood, don't they? I do
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Luke Pritchard: Indie's cocky so-and-so is back – and now he wants to be friends - The Independent
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Luke Pritchard of The Kooks has a flair for rubbing people up the wrong way. But, he tells Gillian Orr, people have got him wrong Don't call us that... an indie band; I hate that. I never wanted to be an indie band." The Kooks' 26-year-old frontman,
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Kooks Free Download, U.S. Tour News - Spin Magazine
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Download it in exchange for an email address below. Expect the Kooks' new material to be some of their most upbeat yet. "What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album," frontman Luke Pritchard tells SPIN. "Something you can listen to from
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Chalmers turns on the charm to win Singles title - News Shopper
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The match between Adam Coppen and Luke Pritchard wasn't as close with Coppen winning 3-0 and Rob Chalmers found it just as easy against Allan Formosa as he won by the same score. Chris Gaunt found himself up against Adam Everitt, who had found some
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Novo álbum dos Kooks inspirado por cocaína - Diário Digital
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O vocalista dos Kooks, Luke Pritchard, admitiu ao Daily Star que o novo álbum foi inspirado por noites de cocaína. «Junk of the Heart» chega a 12 de Setembro mas já foi apresentado no Super Bock Super Rock. Sobre as novas canções, o músico garantiu ter
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The Kooks to release 'Is It Me?' in September - Music News
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Replete with infectious hooks and a polyphonic chorus that sparkles with youthful vivacity, 'Is It Me' is an anthem in the making and a shining example of Luke Pritchard's candid lyrical style. Having sold some 3 million records worldwide and after a
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The Kooks New Single Available Now - NewsQuod
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The Kooks once shared a stage with the popular group and The Kooks' lead singer, Luke Pritchard, kicked the Monkeys' lead singer, Alex Turner, in the face for allegedly having tampered with Pritchard's guitar pedals while on stage
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The Kooks talk new album, plan Aus tour - ABC Online
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The record is scheduled to be released in September and this week front man Luke Pritchard let triple j breakfast's Tom & Alex know how it's all coming along. And expect to hear more out of The Kooks soon, Pritchard mentioned during the chat that the
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Melua dating motorcycle racer - New Magazine
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The star famously dated The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard, and after their split in 2005, she was rumoured to have been linked to female photographer Lara Bloom. Melua is now dating hunky superbike star James Toseland, 30, and they went public with
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of The Kooks
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  • 2014
    Their most recent album Listen was released on 8 September 2014 and debuted at No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart.
    More Details Hide Details Three members (Garred, Pritchard and Harris) of The Kooks all met as students at the BRIT School in Croydon, all three moving further south to join BIMM (where they met Rafferty who was from Brighton) in 2002. The inspiration to form a band came to Pritchard as he and Garred were out shopping for clothes one day in Primark as a joke. Speaking to MTV Garred said, "we had a vision on how we wanted the band to look and stuff—so we bought some clothes and these hats, it was fun." Sharing a love of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Police, and David Bowie Pritchard got Harris and Rafferty involved under the guise of a school music project. Pritchard himself said "We got together just on a whim, really." With a strong demo of their material Garred and Pritchard went in search of a gig, and according to Garred, they were able to book their first show simply because the landlord liked their hats. "So we went in to get a gig, we don't have a demo blid burnt, and this guy told us, 'Well, you can't get a gig if you don't have a demo, but I like your hats, so I'm going to give you a gig'", said Garred. However, the band was unable to make the performance as they were finishing off their demo at the time.
    In an interview in July 2014, Pritchard stated that Listen includes more improvisation and found that “that kind of fearlessness when you make the first album kind of crept back in.” Upon its release, the album debuted at No. 16 on the UK Albums Chart, then fell to No. 57 the week after, and the next week dropped off the chart.
    More Details Hide Details A remix album for Listen, entitled Hello, What's Your Name?, was due to be released on 4 December 2015. It features remixes by Jack Beats, The Nextmen and Kove among others. The critical reception towards the album was mixed, but some of the reviews rated it as a "total fail both commercially and musically". Self-described "whores", The Kooks have drawn on a number of varied sources to create their indie rock sound. Listing The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Chris de Burgh among their influences the band have gradually developed both their song writing style and musical presentation over the course of their three albums. The band's debut album Inside In/Inside Out was touted as a typical Britpop record, and was influenced by The Libertines, Thin Lizzy, The Police and containing elements of the 60s British pop movement. Pritchard’s lyrical style was compared to that of a "younger, less pathetic version of Pete Doherty's mush-mouth style". The band themselves felt the album was not consistent in its direction. "The first record was definitely genre-hopping. The first album was finding its feet, it was gadabout", said Harris in an interview for The Sunday Business Post.
  • 2011
    In January 2011, Pritchard announced that they had recorded fourteen new tracks.
    More Details Hide Details The band announced via social media that they finished the final touches on 30 March. Finally, the album name was announced as Junk of the Heart and tracklist details released, with a release date of 12 September 2011 for the UK. The album was produced by Tony Hoffer. The first single taken from the album is titled "Is It Me" in Europe and "Junk of the Heart" elsewhere. They released the album "Junk of the Heart" in 2011, and have been touring since. This includes headlining the "Groovin' the Moo" concert tour in Australia, in April and May 2013. They have recently returned to the studio to work on their fourth album. On 20 April 2014 they released a new single titled "Down". Their new album, Listen, was released on 8 September 2014. According to reports, singer Luke Pritchard and 25-year-old London-based hip hop producer Inflo share co-producing credits. This is their first album with new drummer Alexis Nunez.
  • 2010
    However, Paul returned for the recording sessions in late 2010, while continuing to not tour with the band, as Pritchard recently stated his injury "turned more into a psychological thing" whereby he "feels uncomfortable playing for long periods of time" for fear of his arm "flaring up".
    More Details Hide Details One of the band's first main attempts at writing for this album together took place away from their usual surroundings, as frontman Luke Pritchard told Newsbeat, "We kind of barricaded ourselves in the countryside for a few weeks—stayed at some friend's who have a cottage in Norfolk." However, the band recently revealed that over two weeks there, the band only managed to make one new song: "Eskimo Kiss". After hiring and firing new producer Jim Abyss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Adele) despite having some "really good sessions together", the band returned to old Producer Tony Hoffer who gave them a "new direction" and they recorded the album in a more contemporary style to previously.
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  • 2009
    Drummer Paul Garred left the band in late 2009, due to a nerve problem in his arm, and was temporarily replaced initially by Nicholas Millard from the band Crackout, then Chris Prendergast for live shows, and then Alexis Nunez (from Golden Silvers).
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  • 2008
    Rafferty was fired from the band on 31 January 2008, after a series of absences due to illness and long-standing rumours about his place in the band; drug addiction was also quoted as one of the reasons for his departure.
    More Details Hide Details Dan Logan, bassist with a local Brighton band Cat the Dog, was drafted in as a temporary replacement for Rafferty. After the departure of Rafferty, the band had considered splitting up. Singer Luke Pritchard had told The Sun's Something for the Weekend that "Splitting does go through your mind. It's hard to let go of something you care about so much. We have fans to think of." Pritchard also discussed the possibility of Dan Logan joining the band as their new bassist, "It's been really strange for us but it's something that had to happen. Dan hasn’t joined the band properly yet. We're trying him out, but I love playing with him." In the end, Logan did not join the band on a permanent basis, instead in October 2008, Peter Denton was drafted into the band and has become the permanent bassist.
  • 2006
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    The success of their debut album brought the band into mainstream media attention, winning the award for best UK and Ireland act at the MTV Awards in 2006 and picking up a Brit Awards nomination for "She Moves in Her Own Way", in 2007.
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