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You needed to be wearing earplugs in my household on the day that Lizz our Editor asked me if I might want to interview The Kooks. You see, this band from Brighton is no ordinary band in our home - they are my daughter Lily’s favourite artists. They are quite simply HER BAND. End of! Their last studio album Listen saw the band maintain the momentum of their previous albums with a typical high tempo blend of indie, pop and rock that was more than influenced by an energetic fusion of funk, gospel and soul. Three years on, the band are due to release their Best Of. Alongside this the band have announced a new UK summer tour. Does this mean the end of The Kooks? Lily and I got into conversation with bass player Peter, who assured us that they’re nowhere near finishing up anytime soon.


is difficult to fit in with an established ban, especially as they’d had such great success already with Inside In/Inside out? I met them in 2006, about a year after they formed, and we were playing together quite a lot, then I went away and then came back again, but I joined officially in 2008


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and we decided to tie the knot! When I started playing with them Inside In hadn’t come out yet so basically I joined and was playing with them to 50 people in Glasgow supporting Te Editors and then about six months later we were playing to 15,000 people in a tent at Leeds and Reading. For me it was great because I didn’t have to dick around in the back of a transit van for years! Tey


20 / MAY 2017 / OUTLINEONLINE.CO.UK


were having some tricky times with their old bass player, and I was available and friendly and that was it really. But I never played on Inside In/Inside Out. Te Kooks have always seemed quite an organic band to me – you move between genres quite smoothly and seem to have always had space to develop. How would you describe the band?


It’s very free, and there’s a very free process to everything we do. It’s something I wasn’t used to when I met them but it’s a great way to be. When needs must we do make decisions on which direction to go in, obviously, because otherwise it would be insanity. Luke’s the main songwriter but we all have an input and decide how to change or rearrange the tunes. Te freedom’s


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