The Kooks have just released their debut single “Junk Of The Heart” today, July 12th which will be followed by their brand new album of the same name on September 13th on Astralwerks/Capitol Records. The track was just premiered by NYLON.
Produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Belle & Sebastian), and recorded in The Sound Factory (Los Angeles) and Sarm Studios (London), the band’s third album sees them consolidating their position as a bona fide album band with trademark breeziness and catchy hooks.
Kicking off with a dramatic breakbeat, the first single “Junk Of The Heart” builds across acoustic guitar and warm washes of synth before collapsing into a chorus you’ll be singing for days. It shows, that despite the change in their influences, the band still have a firm grasp on how to write killer hooks and pop songs without compare.
After selling out three triumphant live US shows two weeks ago, The Kooks proved to American audiences that they have lost none of their exuberance and proceeded to captivate each and every audience member accordingly as they shared many new tracks from their forthcoming album. “Their store of well-crafted pop songs seems limitless, given the fact that their newest, “Junk Of The Heart”, “Is It Me,” and “How’d You Like That” sounded bigger than the surefire hits” proclaimed The Sentimentalist.
“It’s upbeat; an album to play in the sun” explains frontman Luke Pritchard of the forthcoming 12 song collection, “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 journey you come on with us.”
Junk of the Heart follows the Kooks’ multi-platinum debut, Inside In/Inside Out (2006) which peaked at number two in the UK Album Charts and its platinum selling UK number one follow-up, Konk (2008). The Kooks have sold over 2 million records globally.