You can’t help but bust a move while listening to The Kooks tunes so it was no surprise at all to me that I was dancing up a storm at their show on Monday, March 10th at the West Hollywood venue, the Troubadour. My fellow All Access Music Group staff writer, Nicole and I couldn’t stop moving throughout the entire show!
England’s Kooks are a true perfect poppy rock band. They create relentless melody, hook-making harmony with patches of reggae and off-the-cuff acoustic doodles that keep it all interesting. A sizable portion of the Kooks’ set list was new and unfamiliar songs but the screaming, squealing (and predominately female) audience didn’t seem to mind. They will be releasing a new single, “Down” on April 20th.
Under dimmed lights, the Troubadour was indeed packed to capacity and even upstairs in the cool people VIP area it was hard to get a good vantage point. When Luke Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Peter Denton and Chris Prendergast emerged onto the stage, the anticipation of the previous hour and a half had reached its peak.
It became immediately apparent that the Kooks are a fantastic live band. What makes them stand out lies in the power of their live sound. In concert, the Kooks manage to sound both raw and polished on each song. They don’t sound too clean, and at the same time they aren’t incoherent either. The lead singer, Pritchard is especially entertaining. He bounced all around the stage, with his shirt open and his disheveled hair bobbing all around.
The roughly hour long set was kept to a tight schedule because of the following 11 p.m. performance. Their tour continues throughout the summer when they will perform at both the Bråvalla Festival in Sweden and the Osheaga Festival in Montreal.