Release Date: Apr 15, 2008
Record label: Astralwerks
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Kooks' debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, was a sleeper success story, going on to sell a whopping two million copies. It was a fabulous set, but their follow-up, Konk, wipes the floor with it. The title takes its name from Ray Davies' studio, where the quartet recorded most of the set. This direct connection to Britain's past obviously inspired the band to new heights, because the Kooks and this album are positively electrifying.
It's hard to fault the impressionable young Luke Pritchard for wanting to emulate his heroes. But the 22-year-old Kooks frontman takes his fanaticism for the Kinks (and "K" words) to the next level on Konk, the group's second record (named after the studio owned by Ray Davies). And he's ostensibly sacrificed any strides the group would have made in shaping their own identity.
Deep down, the Kooks wish they were famous in 1968 instead of 2008. Their name comes from a David Bowie album; their album’s title (Konk) is taken from Ray Davies’s studio. They sing about love, love, love (it’s all you need, you know) and dress like they walked out of the Beggar’s Banquet liner notes. But in 2008, they merely sound like a hundred other bands just like them that think that, like, hey, the '60s were really, really cool.