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posted Friday, December 9, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 49
The Kooks play dynamite show to big crowd
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The Kooks play dynamite show to big crowd

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

The Kooks
December 2
The Showbox Market


Truth be told, I haven't paid much attention to The Kooks, though I always thought I should. Last weekend, when the band performed to a sell-out audience at The Showbox Market, I realized why I'd been meaning to check them out. They're so damn good.

The Brighton, England, quartet, led by Luke Pritchard - a typical rock star type who once dated The OC's Mischa Barton - has earned a reasonably sized fan base of young adults, 30-something hipsters, and sugar mamas. Understandably, the entire group - Pritchard, Hugh Harris, Peter Denton, and Paul Garred - is individually dashing, and collectively they know their way around a catchy, infectious tune.

Opening their 90-minute set with 'Always Where I Need to Be,' a huge transatlantic hit that cemented their U.S. breakthrough, The Kooks were captivating from the get-go. An elevated platform the length of the stage gave the 5-foot-9 Pritchard extra lift to work the crowd. Wearing jeans, a white T-shirt, and a black leather coat, with spongy, corkscrew-curled hair, he confidently strode from side to side most of the show.

Next up was 'The Sofa Song' with a flirtatious guitar riff from Harris, followed by 'Is It Me' from this year's release, Junk of the Heart, that found Pritchard strumming an acoustic guitar while hopping on one foot. 'She Moves in Her Own Way' off The Kooks' 2006 debut Inside In/Inside Out was also thrown into the first half of the band's performance.

'See the Sun' was fantastic, as bright and peachy as its lyrics. There was some serious dancing going on at this point. Throughout The Showbox, couples and pods of friends twirled and swayed, as others busted out more daring, intimate moves.

When the band left for a quick break, Pritchard stuck around to play a couple of songs by himself. He removed his coat, much to the joy of screaming girls and a few scattered men, and then confessed to concertgoers that he was fried. 'I'm feeling quite stoned at the moment,' he said unabashedly and asked for everyone's help on the following number. Thus, creating a big sing-along for 'Seaside.'

Not only did the audience sing when requested, they clapped their hands in the air when Pritchard directed them to do so during 'How'd You Like That,' and they kept singing the chorus and clapping until the final note. As a reward for a job well done, the lead singer flung water out to the crowd to cool them down.

There were great keyboards from session musician Thom Kirkpatrick mixed into 'Mr. Nice Guy,' another track off the new album. 'Shine On' sounded better live, possibly because the pace seemed a tad quicker - either that, or it just magically came to life inside a hot, sweaty venue full of happy people. 'Ooh La' kept the party going, especially in the pit just below the stage, where a swarm of fans stretched their arms up high as they bounced like bunnies. The main set was capped with a jumpy, feverish version of 'Do You Wanna,' beautifully swirling cranky guitars and pounding drums right at the end.

The Kooks returned for an encore that included 'Junk of the Heart (Happy)' and the final number, 'Naïve.' The group vowed to return to Seattle, as soon as next spring or summer if my sources are correct, and wished their cheery faithful 'lots of luck' as they exited the stage.

Every song was a great song on this night. I went in thinking I'd enjoy the show, but I left loving it and wanting more. Call it a conversion.

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