The last time I saw The Kooks, they were touring in support of their latest release Junk of the Heart in 2011. Remembering how much I enjoyed that show, I was looking forward to seeing how much the band had evolved as songwriters and performers over the last few years. With the impending release of their forth album Listen (scheduled for release in September), I wasn’t sure what type of set to expect from the band that night since I had only had the opportunity to listen to a couple of new tracks beforehand.
The band hit the stage opening with the crowd-pleaser Junk of the Heart, followed by the gloriously fetching Always Where I Need To Be. The Kooks played many of their trademark songs whilst sprinkling in (what would soon be) new funky crowd favourites such as Down, Westside, and Forgive & Forget.
Lead singer Luke Pritchard was on point engaging the crowd and utilizing the stage at The Danforth like it was familiar ground. It wouldn’t be a Kooks show unless Pritchard led the passionate crowd into a sing-song version of Seaside. Sounding particularly tight on Kooks’ classics like You Don’t Love Me and Sway, the band managed to loosen up and jam out on their electric track Do You Wanna before leaving the stage.
The encore consisted of Sofa Song and Naive, which seemed like perfect selections to close out what was a smorgasbord of a setlist. Overall, The Kooks were entertaining and I’m sure after that night, we are all looking forward to listening to Listen.