The Kooks Headline a Sold-Out Webster Hall Last Thursday
Words and images by: David Turcotte
The Kooks played the second show of back-to-back sold out concerts at New York City’s Webster Hall last Thursday night. Not only is this The Kooks first U.S. tour in nearly three years, the UK rockers have also just released their latest album Junk of the Heart.
Opening for the Kooks was New York locals, The Postelles. With an early 60′s throwback sound, The Postelles played for roughly 40 minutes showcasing songs off of their 2010 self-titled release The Postelles.
The Postelles will be touring with The Kooks for the duration of their North America tour, with stops scheduled in Boston, Washington D.C., Motreal, Toronto, Portland and Los Angeles. Additional photos from their performance at Webster Hall can be seen here.
Following The Postelles set, The Kooks immediately took control of Webster Hall. The Kooks opened with “Is It Me”, “Sofa Song” and “Always Where I Need To Be” off of their 2008 hit album Konk. With lead singer Luke Pritchard looking like a young Mick Jagger, the Kooks frequently engaged the crowd from the large stage-length platform riser.
Halfway through their performance, Luke Pritchard performed a three song acoustic set which included Kooks’ ballad-hit “Seaside” and the more introspective, “See the Sun”.
The Kooks closed the night out with “Shine On” and their hit “Do You Wanna” before being wooed back for a three song encore, which featured Pritchard on the keys for the multi-metered “Sabateur”, “Junk of the Heart”, and “Naive”.