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03 Jun

By Michel Dussack

It’s still hard to get a handle on just how big Foster the People has become in just over a year. Now several tours into supporting their debut LP ‘Torches’, this current spring tour (apparently the last one in support of the album) started on May 29th in New York’s Central Park and sees the band playing their biggest venues to date, including three sold out stops at the New York venue. Supporting the band on the first leg of this tour are both Kimbra and The Kooks.

First up was Kimbra, who much like Foster the People, is quickly becoming a household name due in part to one massive hit – Gotye’s ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ which she provides vocals on. Her seven song set featured tracks from her debut album, ‘Vows’ which just saw a release in the U.S. Regardless of how recently her album came out, several pockets of fans seemed to know the words to a handful of the songs, especially with the song ‘Settle Down.’ Her set was downright infectious, and she is sure to be headlining large venues of her own soon enough.

Next was English indie rockers, The Kooks who played a 45 minute set to a small segment of loyal fans who seemed to be at the show just to see them, and a much larger group of people who had never heard a track by them. Fresh off a tour that included a stop at Terminal 5, Central Park wasn’t much larger of a venue for them to be playing, and their confidence was at an all-time high. Singer Luke Pritchard was only restricted by the size of stage as he freely ran around while singing, often times with a guitar strapped on as well. While the band is already massive overseas, their following has been steadily growing here, and with performances like this one, it’s not hard to see why.

When Foster the People began their set at 9 sharp with ‘Miss You’ it was hard for fans to ignore the dark storm clouds slowly rolling towards Central Park, however as the band continued to play hit after hit, everyone seemed to get lost in the music for about an hour. Standouts included ‘Helena Beat’ early on in the set, ‘Love’ a bonus track that seemed to get lost on the crowd, and ‘Warrior’ which featured guest vocals from Kimbra.

As the night progressed, the sky got darker, and the intricate array of lights that Foster the People brought with them became more apparent. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, Foster the People have probably the best lighting setup outside of arena shows. While the band didn’t treat the crowd to any new songs, there was an improvisational jam that occurred towards the end of their set, and it was refreshing to hear something new from the band.

Foster the People chose ‘Houdini’ to end the main set, and just as they started to play it, the rain clouds that had been taunting us all night finally unleashed a downpour. As a horn section joined the band on stage to add layers of sound to the song, a loud clap of thunder rang out in perfect timing with the song. The band quickly rushed off the stage after the song, and the usually inevitable encore suddenly didn’t seem so guaranteed. When they did finally return to the stage, it was clear that the band didn’t have much time before the venue decided to end the show due to inclement weather, so they treated the fans to the song that most people had waited for – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.

The song was, as usual for a live performance, extended and remixed with an outro that incorporated dubstep as well as other electronic music genres. Towards the end of the song, Mark Foster jumped off the stage and joined the fans in the rain, singing up close and personal to the fans that have supported this band throughout their meteoric rise to fame. With news that this would be the last U.S. tour supporting ‘Torches’, this was a fitting beginning to the tour, and hopefully we’ll be graced with a sophomore album sooner rather than later.

Foster the People setlist
1. Miss You
2. Life on the Nickel
3. Helena Beat
4. Broken Jaw
5. I Would Do Anything for You
6. Waste
7. Warrior (with Kimbra)
8. Love
9. Call It What You Want
10. Don’t Stop (Color on the Walls)
11. Warrant
12. Houdini
13. Pumped Up Kicks (with remix outro)

02 Apr

Up Close and Personal with Luke Pritchard of The Kooks
By: Cassandra Paiva

When I found out that I would be interviewing Luke Pritchard of The Kooks, the band that I have been absolutely in love with since before I was even sweet 16, there were no words. Thankfully, by the time the interview came around, there were thousands of them.

I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t want to make an idiot out of myself, and I didn’t know if I’d even be able to understand him. (Thanks to a few years of watching the good ol’ BBC and obsessing over the British music scene [yay half of my teenaged life!] I understood him without any problems.)

I had met Luke earlier in the day at the secret show that WBRU hosted. We made some casual conversation and I asked him if it was Denny drumming that night (I had met Denny, their replacement drummer, when I saw The Kooks in Boston last fall), and then we all took a group picture but that was about it.

When I was lead to the back of the tour bus by their manager, Luke welcomed me with a, “Oh hey! I didn’t realize it was you who was interviewing me, what’s up?” I have to admit, the fact that I had talked to him earlier made it a lot easier for me.

Even after the interview, we sat and talked for another 25 minutes or so about everything from the differences between the UK and the US, including the areas of poverty that we in the US have, his uncle owning a farm in the Isle of Wight and how much he himself loves the city life so much more (and his uncle’s disapproval of music as a career, ha!), how the band would love to live in New York City because of the rush, how American festivals are so commercialized and Coachella is awful because of the heat, and how he appreciates older music like MC5, Tim Buckley (Jeff Buckley’s dad), and Bob Dylan.

He even told me about a few European festivals they had played, opening for Muse for 2 shows and hanging with Muse’s drummer Dominic Howard (I seriously would have died to go to one of those shows, let’s hope that happens again in the US), and that I should go ahead and move to London because it’s a cool place.

But, without further ado, I present to you, the picking of Luke Pritchard’s brain and the findings that came about it.

It’s been 6 months since Junk of the Heart was released, how do you feel it’s being compared to the other albums?

God, has it been that long since it’s been out, wow. It feels pretty good, I mean, I think the live set of things, you’re playing gigs where you kind of realize how the song’s actually connecting with people. There’s not really like a lull in the set, people know the new songs. So yea, it seems pretty good. Still into it playing songs.

You’ve already released three singles from the album, do you plan on releasing any more?

I think at this point, probably not, no. I think the way we’d kind of like to get into the studio quite soon. Either put out some new material, as like a kind of EP or something like that, or do another album. So, yea, at this point, we don’t really have any plans to release another single, off of Junk of the Heart.

What’s your favorite track off of the album?

My favorite track is “Fuck the World Off” and “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” I really like “Fuck the World Off” because it was very spontaneous, it was a good moment in the recording process.

A lot of your lyrics deal with love and loss, do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic, or do you find that inspiration somewhere else?

(laughs) I don’t know, like, I just find it probably quite natural to write about that kind of thing. Like the blues or whatever, like that kind of tradition of that. I find it the most natural kind of song writing.

Me, myself, I don’t know. I’m always in and out. I’ve often found that, when I pick up a guitar, the first thing that’s on my mind is probably something to do with that, something to do with girls. I kind of like, kind of complicated girls, so usually get yourself in situations.

It’s been brought up before, but you’ve amassed a lot of B sides and song you felt didn’t fit albums, aside from the Konk double disc, would you ever release an album of these?

Rak. Well yea, we’ve talked about doing a B sides compilation or something like that. But we haven’t really gotten further than just talking about it. I do think that we’ve got a good amount, we’ve got such a kind of wealth of material. We’ve got a lot of stuff that hasn’t even been put on Youtube or released. There’s a lot of change. So, at some point it would be good to do something with them. But like I say, at the moment we’ve just been really focusing on the album, the new album, and then other stuff. It’s just kind of and interest, it’s a different time in music as well, it’s more likely that you can just put your stuff out online then you are to kind of put together a whole compilation of B sides where tons of people just download it for free or Spotify it anyway. For us, it’s just like, we might as well, we can do it from our website. We’ll probably do something like that. It’s definitely been talked about a lot in the last, probably four or five months after our third album. I think I’d quite like to do, songs from the cutting room floor, from all the albums, like songs we just took little bits and pieces that we never used. There’s some good stuff.

Referring to “The Saboteur,” you started recording with a different producer before returning to Tony Hoffer. Would you ever consider going back to or revisiting those track, or is the past the past?

I think, we always keep it in mind you know for like, sections. We always have lots of songs that can be pulled on at any point. You might take the melody or like one of the lyrics and use it for something else, but the actual recordings with Jim we wouldn’t use it.

Have you considered going under an alias in small clubs to test out B sides?

That’s a good idea. I’m thinking about it now. (You’re welcome, fans). Maybe we should, “The Echoes.” Yea, it might be good. It would be good to do something like that. It’s just, at the moment, there’s just really not enough hours in the day. We’ve been so busy, travelling pretty much all over the world, playing the new album, so the idea of that is cool, but I think, we just don’t have time at the moment to do something like that. We could do like a one off, it would be quite fun. But I’d have to try to remember the songs.

Moving to live performance, what’s going through your mind before hitting the stage?

(Makes a face and snickers a bit) Depends on the night, really. It’s one of those really funny things, with gigging, like sometimes you’re absolutely shattered where all you want to do is just hang out, and sometimes those are the best gigs. And then you get on stage and it’s just a rush. And sometimes you’re in a great mood and you go on and it doesn’t work. It’s kind of strange. It’s just like, with anything, if you think about it, every day you feel kind of different, don’t you? Like every day, for us, it gets to about 8:30 and we’re doing gigging. So you kind of just go to pull yourself out of whatever you’re feeling and just kind of go on stage and see what happens. But that’s kind of what’s exciting about it, because every night’s completely different. Otherwise it would be fucking dull, wouldn’t it? Playing the same songs every night.

Do you have any preshow rituals?

Not really, I mean, the only thing we do pretty regularly is we have like a little shot of something, usually some rum. And, we get together, play some disco music and go and make people dance. We have like a little huddle sort of thing. But, nothing particularly weird, no.

You released a live, acoustic version of Inside In/Inside Out, would you ever do that again?

Of Inside In/Inside Out? Or like, our new album?

No, no, (laughs) of the new album, or like, anything.

Yea maybe, we wouldn’t rule it out. That was a cool thing to do, we did it at Abbey Road and it was quite special, you know. We got like some fans who sat on the floor. There were some good vibes going. It was a good night. The Kooks has definitely got like, two sides to it. The acoustic and then the rock band.

Do you write your songs acoustic first or..?

Yes, pretty much always it comes from an acoustic. It’s kind of good to strip them back. But not at the moment, I’ve actually been writing quite a lot with like creating a comp track and singing over the top. It’s sort of less organic, more instinctual. So you just, make a track, and just run it and sing something over the top and see what happens. It’s some kind of stream of consciousness thing, I don’t know. But yea, almost all of the songs on the first three albums were written pretty much on an acoustic or piano and then tracked to the back.

Would you ever release a live DVD?

Again, yea, I think we have to do the right gig for that. I don’t think, I mean we still haven’t, you know, we’ve had things like member changes. And the thing is, the band is, I think, still finding its feet so once we feel like we’re really solid, as a band and we have a great venue to do it in, as well, where we can get proper, like film it properly, then we’d do it. Something like that, I think, you have to, you can easily just put something out, but it has to be something special. It has to be like, when you’re at your best really.

Somewhere like Royal Albert Hall, or something?

Yea, that would be cool. I don’t know, maybe that would be wrong, because the Albert Hall is a quite chilled venue. That would be a great place to do an acoustic set, like a live acoustic set there. But, I don’t know. If we got like, a theatre, like a slightly scummy theatre, would be good for The Kooks.
(After the interview, he said that he and his girlfriend at the time got in trouble at the Hall for dancing around too much at a The Who show. Then, he came to the conclusion that The Troubadour in LA would be the perfect place for The Kooks to do a show for a live album).

You’re touring with Foster the People, and you recently covered “Pumped Up Kicks” for Radio 1, are you big fans?

Yes, definitely. They’re one of my favorite new bands really. Yea, they’re good. They’re wicked guys, and a great band, and I think that the tour is going to be more like, what a tour should be, because we’re friends, because we have sort of played music together a little bit, and I think that’s what the tour’s going to be about, is just about having a good time. I think like, every night is going to be us kind of jamming together and just like, hanging out, so we’re really excited about it. So we’ll make some music on the road to. I’d love to do that, you know, Mark’s (Mark Foster) one of the cool guys, they are really up on their production techniques so if we could do some stuff together, that would be fun, that would be good.

What can we expect from The Kooks in the next year?

The stuff we’ve been talking about. Getting new music out before the end of the year, definitely, well hopefully. Get in the studios quite a bit. Not another single, but new material. We took 3 years between the second and third albums, we want less time between this and next album.

13 Mar

By Cassandra Paiva

The night was young, the fans were quite young too, and the bands were brewing with excitement as they prepared to play their last show of the tour. Doors were at 6, considerably early for the venue, and the second they opened, all of the “teeny boppers” (as my friends and I were calling them) made a mad rush to the barrier. Other, older audience members who didn’t want to get caught up in the claustrophobic catastrophe of screaming girls, chose standing spots on top of the stairs and off to the sides. (I have to admit, when I saw The Kooks in Boston last November, I was one of those barrier warriors, but hey, it was my first time seeing them, and I was completely fine without having personal space and smelling like the girl behind me’s perfume). The chatter and giddiness were through the roof as girls quipped about how excited they were, how cute the band is, how they can’t wait to hear such and such a song, etc. etc. Not to quote a Kooks’ song right off the bat, but the audience had such a youthful spirit, as if they were almost naïve.

The first band took the stage at around 6:30 (again, considerably early for this venue). The four guys walked on, introduced themselves as Yawn from Chicago, and started playing away. Hearing the band name “Yawn,” you sort of don’t know what to expect. Earlier in the day, The Kook’s lead singer, Luke Pritchard described them to me as, “Jungle Book meets Vampire Weekend” and after watching their performance, I can kind of agree with that. However, while their music had a good vibe and catchy synth pop beats, they were somewhat lacking something in stage presence. The bassist was donned in a bright yellow knit cap with a pom-pom on top, and the keyboardist was wearing a multicolor cap. From this, you’d think that they would have been more energetic, but the looks were deceiving. Even their stage set up was a bit different. The lead singer was off to the left, the bassist/synth loop programmer (yellow hat) was centered, and the others were in usual position for a four piece band. With this set, all of the attention was on the bassist, and at first I didn’t know where the vocals were coming from.

Despite the fixed stage positions, one especially notable aspect is that each member plays more than one instrument. Everyone except the drummer was in charge of one of the synth keyboards, the bassist also played drums, and the keyboardist/guitarist was singing backing vocals. This was probably one of the more entertaining parts of their set, and held the interest by posing the question ‘who is going to play what next?’ Furthermore, delving into their actual sound, the harmonies were pretty spot on, and at one point, the lead singer nailed the falsetto. The audience couldn’t help but sway to their instrumentals, and many people clapped. Honestly, Yawn was rightfully placed as first opener, because they were a good segway, and they just don’t seem to be ready for the second opener spot yet. They definitely have the music aspect down, but a stronger, more demanding stage presence is needed.

Morning Parade took the stage next, and seemed to be well received by The Kooks’ fans. Mostly everyone was dancing in the general admission and the band interacted with that. One small section must have either already been fans or really digging the band because they were dancing the whole time and clapping with their hands above their heads. And the fans were rightfully so. The band had a certain charisma to them, probably gained from playing much larger festivals in Europe. The way they held attention and gained people’s interest was great for a band who never toured America before. And maybe that was part of it. Teenage girls love British guys, which only added to their charm as they continued to interact with the audience and with each other. Inter-band interaction can help sell any performance because it shows how much the band loves being a part of the same collective unit. It’s also fun to watch them jam out on guitar riffs together.

The band had a sound that was put together, complete, and confident. They played a six song set, which may seem like it’s short if you didn’t know their songs are all longer than average. The set was around a half an hour/35 minutes, and mostly a solid performance. The audience was clapping and the excitement was rising ever higher. Having toured with The Kooks in Europe for 24 shows before, Morning Parade is probably the perfect fit for raising the anticipation before The Kooks’ set.

At around 8:10, The Kooks started preparing to take the stage, as they waited in the sides as tech crew tested the instruments. Soon, amongst a typhoon of screams, the band emerged, grabbing their instruments and bursting out into “Always Where I Need to Be.” What’s great about this band is that they don’t ease into it, they get right up into your face from the get go. Luke, without his guitar for the first song, strutted about on the front of the stage before grabbing his guitar for “Is It Me.” Even with the guitar strap around his shoulder, he continued to dance around and put on a show like a true frontman. Continuing this energy, he cat walked from side stage and climbed over to the edge of center stage into the hands of hysterical girls (and a few guys) during the appropriately raunchy “Sofa Song.” Then, he let out a slur of something along the lines of, “Time for a bit of rock and roll. It’s good to be back at Lupo’s. It’s our last day of this US tour” before strumming away to the not so often played, “Down to the Market.”

That’s another benefit of seeing an international band at a smaller venue, they play seldom played songs and songs other than the greatest hits. At the House of Blues Boston show, a gem like “Market” was exchanged for tracks off their new album Junk of the Heart. Even though Boston’s setlist was a bit longer, the intimacy of sharing older songs with longtime fans was missing. Although, my one complaint is they didn’t play one of my favorites “See the Sun” in Providence. Jumping back on the new album track, they elongated the intro to “Rosie” while the crowd suddenly surged forward as if mimicking the drumbeat. Lead guitarist Hugh Harris’ backing vocals rang through like a soft and sweet symphony. Hugh seriously does not get enough credit sometimes, since he can hit notes that I’ve never heard Luke hit. Luke then pointed to a section off to the side (the whole side section where I was standing, just throwing that out there in a nonfan-girl way) and said, “this one’s for you all” before playing “She Moves in Her Own Way.” This is one of the songs that no matter where the band plays, the crowd absolutely eats it up. Not bad for a single released in 2006.

They moved on to another crowd favorite, “Sway,” to which individuals danced and rhythmically pumped their fists to the chorus, “I need you sway/soul/heart.” The lights dramatically faded for the end verse and slowly picked back up again for the funky synth intro beat to “Runaway.” Luke and Pete had a long guitar jam at the beginning, Luke then changed guitars midway through, and Pete had a heavier bass riff at the end. The song was definitely performed differently than the album version, but it was refreshing to see them change it up. They continued adjusting and tweaking their set with “Stormy Weather” (another gem lost in Boston). Luke echoed himself on the “what did I say-ay-ay, what did I do-ooh-ooh” and sang some kind of improv in the middle during the instrumental part. Concluding this song, he stepped forward into the spotlight and danced around before fast paced “If Only” rang through with the band’s true Brit Pop sound.

Like typical of The Kooks’ set, Hugh, bassist Pete Denton, and fill in drummer Denny Weston leave the stage and leave Luke in the spotlight next to a preset single microphone stand. Having seen this before, I knew the sequence of events happening. The band was shot gunning a beer, Luke would play the most beautiful acoustic version “Seaside,” and the band would join him after for “Tick of Time.” That’s another complain. I know the tour they just played was to hit the places they missed on the US Fall Tour, but I hope they switch up the routine before playing another tour. All this aside, the sing-a-long to Luke’s cooing of “Seaside” is something every Kooks fan needs to witness at some point in their life. Following this, Luke improvs (not to “Hatful of Love” though) while the band sets up and “Tick of Time” flows smoothly. Hugh sang the second verse (to my excitement) and Denny leaves the full drum kit to a single drum in front of it.

After, Luke looks up to the mezzanine and asks, “How are you up top? All of you sitting, get up!” before “How’d You Like That.” Hugh was playing piano, and once again, the lights go down, isolating Luke fingerpicking and singing the last chorus. “Ooh La,” another major crowd favorite, had everyone jumping into “Shine On.” These two songs are honestly seamless back to back. The perfect (and often) conclusion to the main set “Do You Wanna” started up and the crowd was nonstop energy. (Boston was better for this, but the crowd was also bigger and it was sold out). The three guitarists met up in the middle, everyone was clapping, and Luke once again ska-ed to some other cover song (sounded a little Bob Dylan-ish) in the middle.

After they ended, they walked off stage. Obviously they were coming back for an encore, since they didn’t play the new album title single or biggest hit “Naïve.” They played the same encore as in Boston. “The Saboteur” (Junk of the Heart original take and final rejection) started it off, and for some reason not many people knew it. Either way, Luke jammed away at the piano, and the audience still swayed anyway. Then “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” raised everyone back up until the climactic end of “Naïve.” The crowd absolutely loved this, everyone was singing and dancing, people started crowd surfing, and hands were up high clapping along. The band immediately left the stage after thanking everyone, telling them they had to leave for their flight. That was a bit unfortunate, and maybe the reason why the set was shorter than it was in the first US tour, but it was still a great show nonetheless.

In conclusion, if you ever get the chance to see The Kooks, do it. Tickets are surprisingly not that expensive, the crowd is always good, if you’re a guy there are a lot of chicks. Plus, the band is full of energetic, catchy, and happy songs. I really don’t see how anyone could argue with that.

The Kooks Setlist
1. Always Where I Need to Be
2. Is It Me
3. Sofa Song
4. Down to the Market
5. Rosie
6. She Moves in Her Own Way
7. Sway
8. Runaway
9. Stormy Weather
10. If Only
11. Seaside
12. Tick of Time
13. How’d You Like That
14. Ooh La
15. Do You Wanna
16. The Saboteur
17. Junk of the Heart (Happy)
18. Naive

18 Jan

After a sold-out US tour late last year, The Kooks are thrilled to announce their return to the U.S. in 2012 for a February/March headlining tour. Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 20th. This will be succeeded by dates as special guests of Foster The People, of which both Central Park NYC shows have sold out five months in advance.

Their latest Astralwerks release, Junk of the Heart was 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 The Kooks solidifying their position as a bona fide album band with trademark killer hooks from their undeniable first single “Junk Of The Heart (Happy)” to the electro dub of “Runaway” and the infectious new radio single “How’d You Like That.”

The band recently made three TV appearances including performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band also appeared on MTV’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield and performed on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic as well as Soundcheck on WNYC. Lead singer Luke Pritchard also has his own column on The Huffington Post.

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.

The Kooks Tour Dates:

2/28 Las Vegas NV House of Blues
2/29 San Diego CA House of Blues
3/1 Pomona CA Fox Theatre
3/3 Vail CO SnowBall Music Festival
3/5 Indianapolis IN The Vogue
3/6 Pittsburgh PA Mr Smalls Theatre
3/7 New York NY Terminal 5
3/9 New Haven CT Toad’s Place
3/10 Providence RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
5/29 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park *
5/30 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park *
6/1 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
6/4 Grand Prarie, TX Verizon Theatre
6/6 Austin, TX The Backyard
6/7 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless (Pavilion)
6/10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
*as special guests of Foster The People

14 Dec

Following a SOLD OUT headlining US tour that just concluded last night, The Kooks are thrilled to announce their return to North America in 2012 as special guests of Foster The People. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, December 16th.

Their latest Astralwerks release, Junk of the Heart was 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 The Kooks solidifying their position as a bona fide album band with trademark killer hooks from their undeniable first single “Junk Of The Heart (Happy)” to the electro dub of “Runaway” and the infectious new radio single “How’d You Like That.”

The band recently made three TV appearances including performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman as well as Jimmy Kimmel Live! The band also appeared on MTV’s 120 Minutes with Matt Pinfield and performed on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic and WNYC Soundcheck. Lead singer Luke Pritchard also has his own column in The Huffington Post.

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.

The Kooks as Special Guests of Foster The People


5/29 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park — BUY TICKETS HERE
5/30 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield/Central Park — BUY TICKETS HERE
6/1 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion — BUY TICKETS HERE
6/4 Grand Prarie, TX Verizon Theatre — BUY TICKETS HERE
6/6 Austin, TX The Backyard — BUY TICKETS HERE
6/7 Atlanta, GA Verizon Wireless (Pavilion) — BUY TICKETS HERE
6/10 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion — BUY TICKETS HERE

15 Nov

The Kooks performed “Junk Of The Heart (Happy)” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Junk Of The Heart on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

29 Sep

The Postelles will support The Kooks on the first leg of the U.K. band’s upcoming North American tour, beginning with a show at the Trocadero in Philadelphia on November 15th and including two sold-out nights at Webster Hall in New York City (11/16, 17). Prior to The Kooks dates, The Postelles will be the main supporting act on The Wombats’ entire U.S. tour, which launches with a CMJ show at Webster Hallon October 19th and concludes at the Crocodile Café in Seattle on November 12th. The Postelles, who recently performed at Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival (with Coldplay, The Black Keys) and Dave Matthews Band Caravan’s stop at New York City’s Randall’s Island, will also be playing numerous headline shows and festivals between now and the end of the year. See below for itinerary.

In a recent live review, the LA Weekly observed: “[The Postelles] delivered a high-energy, highly-danceable set…laying on the hooks and melodies thick and with unquestionable confidence” while praised their “killer live show” and urged: “everyone go see them on tour.”

Numerous tracks have already been licensed from The Postelles‘ self-titled debut album, which was produced by the band and The Strokes’ Albert Hammond, Jr. “Sound The Alarms” was heard in last week’s season premiere of ABC’s “Revenge” and has also been tapped for EA Sport’s new Need For Speed The Run video game, which will be released in November. “White Night” was used in Fox’s “Raising Hope” and the CW’s “Vampire Diaries” and “90210″ while lead single “123 Stop” was heard in the trailer for the film How Do You Know, which starred Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Jack Nicholson.

“Songs like ‘Stella’ and ’123 Stop’ are high-energy power pop,” said Relix while the New York Post put “Boy’s Best Friend” on its list of summer “songs that sizzle.” “The Postelles sound like the wound-up early hours of what will be a long Saturday night on the town,” observed Rolling Stone. “There are elements of both mod and punk, but The Postelles have a sneering attitude all their own.” SPIN praised their “hooked-at-the-gills, head-bobbing rock’n'roll groove” while Blurt noted: “The four-piece is defined by their simplicity, featuring straightforward hooks reminiscent of a bygone era of rock ‘n’ roll.”

The Postelles followed the June release of their full-length album with Summer Undercovers in July. The free digital EP featured covers of The Smith’s “Ask,” Joe Jones’ “California Sun,” Wreckless Eric’s “Whole Wide World” and The Ramones’ “Beat on The Brat.”

Formed in high school, The Postelles – comprising Daniel Balk (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), David Dargahi (vocals/lead guitar), John Speyer (bass) and Billy Cadden (percussion) – began playing shows around Manhattan when they were high school seniors. On the strength of theirWhite Night EP, also co-produced by Albert Hammond, Jr., they toured with Kings of Leon, Vampire Weekend, Interpol, The Kills, The Wombats and Free Energy. They’ve played such major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo (twice), All Points West and Iceland Airwaves, performed at The Who Tribute Concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall and recently supported the legendary Chuck Berry.

Upcoming Shows
Date City/State/Province Venue
10/7 Los Angeles, CA Culture Collide Festival
10/8 San Jose, CA Left Coast Live Festival
10/19 New York, NY Webster Hall (CMJ) w/ The Wombats
10/21 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ”
10/22 Brooklyn, NY Prospect Park-Rock ‘N Roll Marathon-free 10am set
10/22 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s w/ The Wombats
10/24 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater ”
10/25 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 ”
10/26 Atlanta, GA The Loft ”
10/29 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s ”
10/30 Austin, TX The Parish ”
11/1 Dallas, TX Granada Theater ”
11/2 Kansas City, MO Record Bar ”
11/4 Columbus, OH Outland on Liberty ”
11/5 Chicago, IL Subterranean ”
11/7 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theater ”
11/10 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom ”
11/11 Vancouver, BC The Venue ”
11/12 Seattle, WA Crocodile Cafe ”
11/15 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadero w/ The Kooks
11/16 New York, NY Webster Hall – SOLD OUT ”
11/17 New York, NY Webster Hall – SOLD OUT ”
11/19 Boston, MA House of Blues ”
11/20 Washington, DC 9:30 Club ”
11/22 Montreal, QC Club Soda ”
11/23 Toronto, ON Sound Academy ”
11/25 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall ”
11/26 Chicago, IL The Vic Theatre ”
11/27 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den-Mohegan Sun Headlining
12/6 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater ”

22 Sep

The Kooks performed “Junk Of The Heart” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Junk Of The Heart on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

09 Aug

The Kooks will return to the U.S. for their first tour in three years this November. See below for the full routing of dates.

The band just released their debut single “Junk Of The Heart (Happy)” which will be followed by their brand new album of the same name on September 13th on Astralwerks/Capitol Records. The track was recently premiered by NYLON.

In conjunction with their U.S. tour, The Kooks will include a free mp3 download of “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” with each ticket sold online. In addition to receiving the free mp3 download, fans purchasing tickets to fall U.S. dates will have the opportunity to pre-order an exclusive version of the new album Junk of the Heart, which includes a bonus track not available anywhere else in the U.S. Additionally, an acoustic version of “Junk Of The Heart (Happy)” is now available as a free download via SPIN and The Kooks Facebook page.

Download the song for free here.

The Kooks North American Tour Dates:

11/15 Philadelphia PA Trocadero
11/16 New York NY Webster Hall
11/17 New York NY Webster Hall
11/19 Boston MA House Of Blues
11/20 Washington DC 9.30 Club
11/22 Montreal QC Club Soda
11/23 Toronto ON Sound Academy
11/25 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
11/26 Chicago IL Vic Theatre
11/27 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
11/29 Denver CO Ogden Theatre
11/30 Salt Lake City UT Club Sound
12/02 Seattle WA The Showbox @ The Market
12/04 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom
12/07 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
12/08 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
12/13 San Francisco CA The Fillmore

Junk of the Heart will be released in North America on September 13th on Astralwerks/Capitol Records.

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 The Kooks consolidating their position as a bona fide album band with trademark breeziness and catchy hooks.

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.

12 Jul

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.