It’s been a quiet year for Brighton lads The Kooks but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy behind closed doors; Nitelife talks to bassist Pete Denton about what exactly they’ve been up to and what to expect from their Best Of tour, which arrives in Bristol this May to support their forthcoming Best of… So Far album, which is due for release on 19 May. 

‘We’ve been around, working on new music and doing the odd gig. In fact, we are getting on better than ever,’ says Pete.

We’ve been around, working on new music and doing the odd gig

With new music imminent, the boys have decided to start their new chapter by celebrating the last 11 years as a band. With hundreds of international festivals, sold-out shows and four best-selling albums under their belt, it’s fair to say that the Kooks have a few things to celebrate. What better way to do that than by a Best Of tour?

‘It would be rude not to, this tour is a party, do you know what I mean? The pressure is off and we’re playing killer tunes that we know the fans love,’ Peter explains.

this tour is a party, do you know what I mean? The pressure is off and we’re playing killer tunes that we know the fans love

‘As a band, we couldn’t think of a more fitting way to start our new chapter and this definitely feels different to other tours – we can’t wait to get out there.’

The indie boys have come along way since their success in 2006, the majority of the band are now parents, including Pete. Asked if they still party the same as they used to 10 years ago, Pete says: ‘We partied. I mean, we were lucky that we came into an era full of great bands and we revelled in it. You can never replicate that, but we’ve still got a lot in us.’

Recently doing several hometown gigs, the guys were overwhelmed by the loyalty of their fans and they say that this tour is another way of giving back, performing the tracks that made the fans fall in love with the band in the first place.

‘We couldn’t do it without our fans you know? They’re class. I mean really it’s just happy days.’

The set list will be a combination of all their best tracks and the band have got a pretty solid idea on what those songs will be: ‘I mean, we didn’t need to pick did we? It’s obvious which songs to sing, but we still want to make sure that we’re picking songs we want to play too.’

we didn’t need to pick did we? It’s obvious which songs to sing

The performances, however, will not just be filled with the older tracks, Pete admits they’ll be throwing in some new tunes for the audience, teasing the fans with their up and coming music in the hope it will get just as good of a reception.

Their newest track Be Who You Are appears to be a hit so far and sets the bar high for the rest of their new music – the tour being a great way to give fans a taste.

The Kooks can’t wait to get on tour and give it all they got; we’ve got a feeling they’re not the only ones excited for it!

Pete wraps our conversation up: ‘This tour is us doing what we do best – bring it on!’

For a bit of a hint on which songs you can expect to hear, here is the Best of… So Far track list:
Naïve
Always Where I Need To Be
Junk Of The Heart (Happy)
Bad Habits
She Moves In Her Own Way
Shine On
Seaside
Down
Sofa Song
Is It Me
You Don’t Love Me
Forgive & Forget
Ooh La
Sway
Eddie’s Gun
Matchbox
Be Who You Are – Alternative Intro
Broken Vow

THE KOOKS LIVE: 2 May – Colston Hall
colstonhall.org // words by Hannah Ryan

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