Of the many British pop rock bands who have achieved international success in recent years, The Kooks are without a doubt one of the most exciting. Taking influences from a number of genres, including pop, reggae, rock and ska, The Kooks have successfully developed a sound that is distinctly their own.
Having originally formed in 2004, the band secured a record deal with Virgin Records only three months after their initial formation. The group’s iconic debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, achieved vast commercial success. Proving to be a hit with the masses, the release soon earned a multi-platinum certification within the United Kingdom.
Following the success of their debut album, The Kooks soon began work on their follow-up release. The band’s second album, Konk, stormed the British charts upon its release, being certified gold within a matter of weeks. The album saw the group take on a more structured approach to their recordings in an attempt to adopt a more consistent and mature sound. As a result, Konk proved to be an exciting addition to the band’s musical catalogue.
Throughout the group’s following releases, Junk of the Heart and Listen, the group showed themselves willing to reinvent their sound, refusing to shy away from musical experimentation. In 2017, the band embarked on their Best Of Tour, simultaneously announcing the release of The Best of… So Far, a compilation album featuring the group’s best-loved songs alongside two new musical works. Continuing to take inspiration from a number of different genres, The Kooks’ musical diversity has seen them become one of the leading Britpop bands.
In recognition of their musical achievements, the band have won a number of distinguished awards. The MTV Europe Music Awards saw the band win Best UK & Ireland Act in 2006. In addition, the band has also been nominated for a BRIT Award for their single She Moves In Her Own Way.
Songs like Ooh La, Naïve, Sway, You Don’t Love Me, See the Sun and Eddie’s Gun have seen the band do justice to their reputation as one of the best-loved British rock bands in recent memory. As such, the band continues to rock the house performing on stages across the globe.