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By Charlie David Page
21st January 2015

The Kooks - along with Catfish & The Bottlemen and Aussies The Griswolds - fired up the Hordern Pavilion last night with an inundation of indie music. Scroll to the bottom of the review for our photos of The Kooks, The Griswolds and Catfish & The Bottlemen.

The main act kicked off with all pistons firing, bringing ’Around Town’ to life in front of a surging crowd. Faithfully following their latest album ‘Listen’, The Kooks delivered an extremely honest rendition of their recorded sound, retaining the funk necessary to convey their new feel, only sacrificing it for a rockier alternative to further bolster the mood of the ecstatic audience.

‘It Was London’ followed in a similar fashion, bringing to life the song fans know and love. The drums were a little more raucous for ‘Bad Habit’, while ‘Down’ received the most significant alterations – the band put on a rockier performance, even indulging in some instrumental riffing in the middle of the tune.

‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ was a light-hearted blast to the past, which the audience enjoyed thoroughly – but then the band seemed to as well. Moving on to a solo acoustic performance from lead singer Luke Pritchard of ‘Seaside’ saw the crowd swaying in the requisite sea of cameras and phone screens.

Faithfully following their latest album ‘Listen’, The Kooks delivered an extremely honest rendition of their recorded sound.

Despite a few softer songs, the audience never lost interest for the duration of the set. "How great is it to be back in Australia?" Pritchard offered before launching into ‘Dreams’ and a very bass-heavy ‘Westside’. ‘Forgive & Forget’ brought the show home, with its full album intro, the crowd eager to clap along to this funky offering.

The encore offered plenty of diversity; Pritchard silenced the room with his sincerely heartfelt rendition of ‘See Me Now’, quietly crooning along with the piano, before the rest of the band joined in for a carousing conclusion. ‘Junk Of The Heart’ brought a little joy back into the venue, before the show was colourfully brought to a conclusion with ‘Naïve’.

BAND: The Kooks
MEMBERS: Luke Pritchard - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Hugh Harris - Guitar, Keyboard
Peter Denton - Bass
Alexis Nunez - Drums
FORMED: 2001
FROM: Brighton, England
FACEBOOK: thekooksofficial
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