The Kooks yesterday returned with two new songs ‘No Pressure’ and ‘All The Time’. They also announce details of their long-awaited fifth studio album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’, with brash, bold, songs that mix melancholy and euphoria, to be released 31st August via Lonely Cat / AWAL Recordings.
With the roar of their recent sold-out UK arena tour still echoing in their ears and more than one billion streams under their belts, The Kooks reach to claim their place in the Great British Songbook with ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’. It’s a bold longplayer that distils their timeless sound into its purest form while pushing it forward into a more expansive and mature space. It’s as moving, energising and timelessly melodic record and incisive in its portrait of modern British urban life.
The heart and soul of the record lies in its hymns of lost innocence, fading relationships and the process of break-up and recovery. It’s the sound of an ambitious, confident band stepping out and making a statement with their definitive album. ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ sees the band cement their status as true bastions of British guitar pop and take their rightful place at the top table next to the celebrated bands that influenced them in their infancy, over a decade ago.
Discussing the process behind creating the album, lead singer Luke says: “This one was about defining who we are, we were asking the questions. It was a fractured start, we went into the studio in 2015 continuing down the path we set out on our last studio album “listen” and discovered it wasn’t what we wanted to make and wasn’t really the kooks. So we scrapped it and started again. I really went on a mission to write the best songs I’d ever written before bringing them to the band, i stewed over every word. It had to be our rubber soul, Lola, definitely maybe. Proper British lineage. I came from a dark place at the start had a lotta heartbreak and then falling in love in the middle of the album, the lyrics reflect that. From ‘fractured and dazed’ to ‘no pressure’. It’s gotta be our most exciting album, and it should get you dancing.”
The Kooks started their career with a bang in 2006 with their unstoppable debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, which went five times platinum at the end of last year. The four-piece have continued to go from strength to strength. With three more studio albums including a ‘Best of’ – the band have acquired over 1 billion streams worldwide – embarked on a number of massive world tours including their forthcoming sold-out US tour, awards and critical acclaim under their belts they’ve maintained a steady ascent to the top, constantly growing in popularity throughout the last decade.
With a legion of new fans discovering the band through streaming in recent years, The Kooks delivered a career defining show last year at London’s Wembley Arena, whilst pulling some of the biggest crowds across the summer festival circuits. 2018, sees The Kooks redefined, varied and ready to go again at their most confident.
3. All The Time
5. Fractured and Dazed
6. Chicken Bone
7. Four Leaf Clover
8. Tesco Disco
9. Honey Bee
10. Initials For Gainsbourg
12. Picture Frame
13. Swing Low
14. Weight of the World
15. No Pressure
Photo credits: Andrew Whitton