Straight outta Brighton: The Kooks
Following fast in the relative footsteps of groups like The Coral, whom I quite liked from last summer, The Kooks are 4 young guys from scenic beachtown of Brighton, England. My friend Chris from Manchester included them on a recent mix for me and they caught my ear.
Sportin' that same fancy-pants accent that regularly propels British bands (especially ones whose names start with "The" lately) to moderate success stateside, The Kooks are fun jump-around listening for summer, with a bit more acoustic pop sound than some of the punk/new-wave bands preceding them of late. Pitchfork likens them to "the straightforward dynamism of I Should Coco-era Supergrass," and Drowned in Sound says, "What they do is take girls and seaside and . . . well, that's all you need really isn't it?"
Their debut album Inside In/Inside Out has reached #3 on the UK charts (and doesn't appear to be released yet in the US). Take a listen, I am sure you'll be hearing more from these boys 'round these parts; they're in the news today as the Rolling Stones just tapped them to open their Cardiff show.
Naive - The Kooks
Sofa Song - The Kooks
California - The Kooks (Wow! A Mason Jennings cover! Better than the original? It's a song that wants to rock)
"Crazy" - The Kooks (Gnarls Barkley cover, Live Lounge 3/30/06)