The Kooks: “I think the best thing you can do as a songwriter is be authentic and honest”

The Kooks
(Image credit: Paul Johnson)

In a hot second from now (early October, to be exact), The Kooks will touch down for their first shows on Aussie ground in almost four years. The trip comes as part of their belated celebrations for the 15th anniversary of Inside In / Inside Out, the Brighton pop-rockers’ seminal 2006 debut. But the shows – pencilled in for Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney – won’t just be a trip down memory lane: the trio too have a whole stack of new songs to premiere Down Under, having just unleashed unto the world their sixth studio album, 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark.

Deceptively titled, the album sports some of The Kooks’ brightest material yet: something frontman Luke Pritchard credits to the recent milestones he’d reached in his personal life (ie. getting married, becoming a father, relocating to Berlin and discovering a love for minimalist electronica). That translated to more pop-centric, unapologetically fun songs, a fierce willingness to think outside the box and, as a result, a more interesting album overall. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…