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$35.00 – Reserved Balcony
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Eleven years after the debut album that introduced The Kooks as teenage contenders for the indie pop crown, the band’s singer and chief songwriter is considering the distance travelled — personally and creatively — between then and now, and admits that only recently has he “turned a corner” and learned to fully appreciate their breakthrough release.
For the uninitiated, what happened was a five-times Platinum record that landed amid a lucrative period for British guitar music, in which The Kooks’ deft hooks and playful energy — abundant in tracks like ‘Eddie’s Gun,’ ‘Ooh La,’ ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ and ‘Naïve’ — found an instant audience. Luke — along with guitarist Hugh Harris, bassist Max Rafferty and drummer Paul Garred — effectively graduated overnight from college to cover stars.
More than just the resulting sound of the juxtaposition between a hip-hop producer and his first collaboration with a guitar group, The Kooks’ fourth album harnessed all the spontaneity and impulsiveness that Inflo motivated in Luke during sessions that strove to capture the moment in instinctive first (and sometimes second) takes. Though the pair would discover a “deep musical connection,” Luke was not without initial apprehensions. “This cross-pollination thing is something that I’ve learned about, because I think I was very closed for a minute,” he admits. “I remember being very closed, and I was very much, ‘I’m into this. I don’t want to do that,’ so when things were talked about like working with people, it was difficult for me. I was like a grumpy old man.”
Embracing the programmed beats alongside his own ideas of a gospel-influenced album, Luke repositioned his musical compass and began exploring this new direction. “Like a block of marble that you’re carving out, that’s what a song is, and that’s also what a vision for change is,” he says. Buying into this vision with an unerring collective faith despite being pushed beyond their comfort zones, the band reinforced their gang mentality to support the realisation of this reinvention.
‘Listen’ grooved with effervescent funk, where percussion loops and slick guitars injected a previously unheard danceability to The Kooks’ canon — ‘Down,’ ‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Around Town’ bristling with soulful floor-filling vibes. It was a marriage made in…a computer. “Those were things we had never done,” Luke says of Inflo’s thoroughly contemporary and instinctive production methods, “so that whole thing was amazing to learn. It taught me so much about other ways of making music and the way that the world has changed. I think what was great was that rather than being the reed that’s going to stay rigid and break, it was like bending with the wind and going, ‘Yeah, I like the Stones and Bob Dylan, but you know what? There are other ways of making music and it can also be really exciting to me.'”