The lineup of the band remained constant until the departure of Rafferty in 2008.
Dan Logan served as a temporary replacement, until Peter Denton joined the band permanently in October 2008.
I didn’t know if it was going to be a Kooks [song] or if it was going to be a side thing, because it seemed so different. I’d written that before I’d even met Inflo, and then he heard it and said, ‘Okay, we can cross-pollinate here musically’.
Everything stemmed from it.”After touring their last album extensively around the world, The Kooks took some much-needed time out.
I never wanted to be an indie band." The Kooks' 26-year-old frontman, Luke Pritchard, is on typically mouthy form and it looks like it might be one of those interviews.
Defiantly catchy hits such as 'Naive' and 'She Moves in Her Own Way' were impossible to escape.Three months after forming his band, Pritchard and The Kooks were signed to Virgin Records. It’s tricky for a band to follow up a debut album which catapulted them into the indie-pop mainstream and sold more than two million copies when they were barely out of their teens. I didn’t think we could’ve carried on just doing what we were doing.After their 2006 breakthrough, The Kooks rode a backlash following their second album, while their third merely scraped its way into the Top 10. It was boring.”We’ve heard the term “reinvention” bandied about before, when the results have revealed nothing of the kind; in 2011, in fact, when The Kooks introduced synthesisers to their last, not very experimental, album, Junk of the Heart. In place of the anthemic guitar-pop of “Naïve” and “She Moves in Her Own Way”, they’ve incorporated a bold blend of soul, gospel, R&B, and even elements of hip-hop, with the help of producer Inflo.“We were trying to make an upbeat soul record.Add to that several tumultuous line-up changes, and what next? I just think you have to do it,” states 29-year-old singer and songwriter Luke Pritchard, who, despite his band’s sonic change in direction, has retained the curly mop of hair he has sported since The Kooks’ beginnings. I had gone a bit deeper into stuff like The Meters, New Orleans stuff, funk – a lot of James Brown.