The Kooks release their eagerly anticipated new album ‘Listen’ on September 1st on Virgin/EMI. Produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi platinum selling UK act.
The Kooks have already laid down the gauntlet with swaggering first taster ‘Down’, and now look set to go one further with second single
‘Around Town’ released June 15th . It is another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the forthcoming album.
“To me,” Luke says, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.”
‘Listen’ is made up of 11 tracks (the Deluxe has 15) with highlights including, the street smart garage rock of ‘Bad Habit’, the powerful and haunting ‘See Me Now’ and the incandescent joy of ‘Are We Electric’.
The Kooks set the tone for the year ahead with some explosive live performances at South By Southwest and have just been announced to play both Ibiza Rocks and Reading/Leeds. They also step out in May playing four shows including one at London’s Electric Ballroom May 8th.