Review: The Kooks, UEA, Norwich, sees the indie-pop band delve into career spanning hits

The Kooks who played at the UEA LCR in Norwich prior to release of their compilation The Best Of…So

The Kooks who played at the UEA LCR in Norwich prior to release of their compilation The Best OfSo Far. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, achieved quadruple platinum status, and skinny jeaned, curly haired frontman Luke Pritchard made an impression, but a decade on they are still drawing new fans.

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Storming onto the mainstream music scene in 2006 self confessed 'pop' band The Kooks quickly became a household name after their debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, achieved quadruple platinum status in the UK within just one year of being on sale.

This massive achievement was followed by numerous award nominations and wins including the best UK and Ireland Act at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2006.

I was lucky enough to see them just before they made it big in 2005 at the Waterfront, Norwich, supporting

The Subways on their nationwide tour.


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Needless to say that The Kook's frontman Luke Pritchard, complete with skinny jeans, curly hair and slightly vacant expression made huge impression on my 14-year-old fluttering heart and I've been a fan ever since. However decisions made at this stage in their career set The Kooks apart from other pretty indie rockers trying to make it at the time.

After they had been signed to Virgin records the band was reluctant to record an album straight away, instead expressing a desire to focus more on live performances and songwriting.

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The Kooks have said they believe this choice helped them develop their distinctive style, sound and as a result, success.

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Judging by ticket sales for their latest tour — they've also just announced a large tour of arenas this autumn — they still have a firm foothold in the British music scene.

So as I waited in the queue of this UEA date excitement started to mount.

The support act were Brighton-based band Fickle Friends who gave strong performance, belting out catchy indie tunes which reminded me of the all girl group Haim but with more of an 80s feel.

Finally The Kooks took to the stage opening with the track Eddies Gun from their debut album.

The musicians put on a fantastic show with highlights including Junk of the Heart and Be Who You Are, a new track from their upcoming career spanning compilation album 'The Best Of…So Far' which celebrates the bands musical journey.

Closing with an encore of their first hit Naïve, they prove they still have what it takes to make an audience enjoy themselves and looking around me it was clear to see the bands fan base is still growing and attracting a new, younger audience.

Long may it continue!

• The Best Of…So Far' is out on May 19.

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