The Kooks

Formed 2004.

UK band

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The Kooks - Forgive and Forget

The Kooks perform Forgive and Forget at Reading 2014

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The Kooks are a British rock band formed in Brighton, East Sussex, in 2004. The band consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar/synth), Alexis Nunez (drums), and Peter Denton (bass guitar). The lineup of the band remained constant until the departure of Rafferty in 2008. Dan Logan served as a temporary replacement, until Peter Denton joined the band permanently in October 2008. Early in 2010, Pritchard announced the departure of drummer Paul Garred, due to a nerve problem in his arm. Late in the year, Garred rejoined for studio sessions, however Chris Prendergast played drums when the band played live. In 2012, the band was accompanied on drums by Alexis Nunez (from Golden Silvers), who eventually joined the band full-time.

A self-described "pop" band, their music is primarily influenced by the 1960s British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. With songs described as "catchy as hell", The Kooks have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, pop, reggae, ska, and more recently, funk and hip-hop, being described once as a "more energetic Thrills or a looser Sam Roberts Band, maybe even a less severe Arctic Monkeys at times".

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  1. Review of Junk of the Heart

    Junk of the Heart 2011

    Reviewed by Natalie Shaw
    Messy and meandering, surely this third album isn’t the product of three years’ work?
  2. Review of Konk

    Konk 2008

    Reviewed by Kate Sharp
    It's too early to count them out, but they'll need to try harder with album number...
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