The Kooks Biography
The Kooks is a Pop-Rock, Alternative-Rock combo formed in Brighton, ENGLAND, in 2004. Vocalist + guitarist Luke Pritchard, guitarist Hugh Harris, bassist Max Rafferty and drummer Paul Garred debuted in 2005 with a single on U.K. Virgin label.
The track, "Eddie's Gun", which hit the top 40, was followed by a second single, "Sofa Song" and the band's debut full-length disc, "Inside In/Inside Out", in early 2006. The album, which was recorded at The Kinks mastermind Ray Davies' own studio, rose to #2 on the British Official Sales chart; it included "Naive" which broke into the top 10 on the U.K. Singles chart, whilst gliding into the U.S. Hot Modern Rock chart peaking at #22. The album went on to sell over 2 million copies worlwide and made a brief chart appearance on The Billboard 200 in U.S. where another track, "She Moves In Her Own Way", reached the #39 position on The Hot Modern Rock chart.
The Kooks' sophomore album, "Konk", recorded over a six-week
period at the end of 2007 in Ray Davies'
Konk Studios in London, was released in April 2008 and in the U.K. it
reached the #1 position in no time; also its first single, "Always
Where I Need To Be", was an immediate British top 3 smash and the
second single, "Shine On", peaked at #25. The album's arrival
coincided with the announcement that Rafferty had left the band and was
replaced by bassist Dan Logan.
In U.S. "Konk" charmed its way into a respectable berth just outside the top 40 of The Billboard 200 while "Always Where I Need To Be" enjoyed a 18-week chart run in The Hot Modern Rock chart and reached #22.
In late 2009 Paul Garred was forced into hiatus by a nerve problem in one of his arms; he was replaced by Chris Prendergast.
September 2011 saw the release of the quartet's next album, "Junk Of The Heart"; the disc climbed into the U.K. top 10 and reached the #68 position on The Billboard 200 in U.S. where the lead single, "Junk Of The Heart (Happy)", went to #20 on The Alternative Songs chart.