The Kooks is one band that I don't really 'dance' along to. Well it's kind of dancing, but not exactly. It's more of a series of rhythmic jumps and bops, like one of those pop up crocodiles that you hit on the head with a hammer to score points at an arcade. Except to the beat.
This will be The Kooks' first tour in three years, where they played in Oz to sold out shows all around the country, and comes following the September release of their third album 'Junk Of The Heart'. This album was written by them guys themselves, and produced by Tony Hoffer (Air, Beck).
Initially, before hearing the album, I was excited by the news of the tour, and hoped they would still play a lot of their old stuff that holds a special place on my top 100 list. Namely tracks like 'Naive' and 'Always Where I Need To Be'.
But after hearing the album, I can't wait to hear a fair few of the tracks live by the guys. Such as the title track 'Junk Of The Heart' (Check out their acoustic version in the video below). And also 'Is It Me'.
A really full album with tracks that would make my current workout playlist envious, this gig should be one where every song is enjoyed. Not one where you'll be waiting around through certain tracks to get to the good ones.
As for the venue, The Astor Theatre, it is by far my very favourite in Perth. This might have something to do with the bands I have seen playing there in the past being some of the very best in my eyes, or possibly the historic and unique feel and look. They never oversell, there is always plenty of room to dance, or sit if that is what you'd like to do, and there is a good view from wherever you decide to park for the evening. Bar lines are never long, drink prices are always reasonable, and the crowds I have been lucky enough to stand amongst have always been well behaved and there for a good time. Actually, I imagine this place probably has some very good Feng Shui.
Tickets to The Kooks show are still avilable from Bocs Ticketing here. As it has been three years since their previous gig in Oz, you'll want to jump on these fast. It may be another three years before you get a chance again.