The Kooks

The Kooks to release ‘Is It Me?’ in September

The Kooks

The Kooks

The Kooks are set to release the first single from their much-awaited new album ‘Junk Of The Heart’, September 5th on Virgin.

Replete with infectious hooks and a polyphonic chorus that sparkles with youthful vivacity, ‘Is It Me’ is an anthem in the making and a shining example of Luke Pritchard’s candid lyrical style.

Having sold some 3 million records worldwide and after a three-year wait, The Kooks will release third album ‘Junk of the Heart’ on September 12th. Written by The Kooks, the album follows the band’s 2006 quadruple platinum selling debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ and their chart topping album, ‘Konk’, which debuted at Number One in 2008.

The Kooks are singer Luke Pritchard, guitarist and keyboardist Hugh Harris, bassist Peter Denton and drummer Paul Garred.

The Kooks play:

September
30th GLASGOW, Barrowlands

October
Sat 1st MANCHESTER, Academy
Mon 3rd NEWCASTLE, Academy
Tues 4th HULL, City Hall
Wed 5th CAMBRIDGE, Corn Exchange
Fri 7th PORTSMOUTH, Guildhall
Sat 8th BIRMINGHAM, O2 Academy
Sun 9th LEEDS, O2 Academy
Tue 11th LONDON, Brixton O2 Academy

The Kooks to offer upbeat sunny new tracks

Indie popsters The Kooks say their forthcoming third effort is ‘an album to play in the sun’.

The band’s last album Konk went top ten on the ARIA Charts in 2008 and it’s been a long time coming for album number three.

Now The Kooks promise that their forthcoming album Junk Of The Heart will be a ‘upbeat’ ‘proper’ release.

Junk Of The Heart was recorded at The Sound Factory in LA and Sarm Studios in London with producer Tony Hoffer, who has worked on albums by Air, Beck and Belle & Sebastian.

Frontman Luke Pritchard promises in a press release, ‘t’s upbeat; an album to play in the sun. What we really wanted to do was build a proper, full album. Something you can listen to from front to back. We’re an album band and this is a journey you come on with us.’

The first single is the title track, and will be out on July 11 and the whole Junk Of The Heart album is due on September 9.

Interpol, The Kooks, White Lies and You Me At Six for Coke Live Music Festival 2011

The Kooks,

The Kooks,

Though we still remember the great Coke Live Festival 2010 gigs, it’s time to introduce part of this year’s lineup. We are pleased to announce that the 6th edition of the Coke Live Music Festival will take place in the Aviation Museum ground in Krakow on the 19th and 20th of August 2011. Today’s announcement is a full Main Stage line-up for the first festival day.

After dark, with their black suits the long-awaited Interpol will appear. This NYC band has a cult status in Poland since the release of the debut album ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’. With their new material, from last year’s self-titled album, and indie-rock-classics such a ‘PDA’ or ‘Slow Hands’ Paul Banks and Co. will thrill the audience at 11 pm.

Two hours earlier on Main Stage will be The Kooks. They are currently recording a follow-up to their Number One UK Album ‘ ‘Konk’. The Kooks, with their pop-folk-indie hymns, will be this, what Coke Live Music Festival fans have been waiting for.

Another band in the line-up is White Lies. Their new album ‘Ritual’ confirms that London-based trio wasn’t one-season star. There is also, no other English team, who within three years conquered the Polish market in such a successful way. White Lies will be performing at 7pm.

You Me At Six playing on the Main Stage will start to perform half an hour earlier, than the band’s name suggest. They released two good-received albums and now working on a third. Group will come to Poland for the very first time and their performance at Coke Live Music Festival will be a perfect chance to listen to the new songs.

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks join Little Noise Sessions.

The Kooks and Ellie Goudling join Little Noise Sessions. Mencap’s much loved Little Noise Sessions today announce two more nights to this year’s eclectic line up. Indie icons The Kooks plus special guests and singer-songwriter Ellie Goudling plus special guests join Tom Jones, Paolo Nutini and Hurts for the 5th birthday celebrations. Islington’s Union Chapel plays host to the annual series of intimate acoustic gigs, curated by Jo Whiley, taking place between 15th and 20th November. All proceeds from the gigs go to learning disability charity Mencap and to be in with a chance to get your hands on tickets ahead of general release on Friday 22nd October subscribe now at www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk – but be quick, tickets are selling like hotcakes, Tom Jones & Paolo Nutini have already sold out! Subscribe now to the Little Noise Sessions website www.littlenoisesessions.org.uk to get access to a host of exclusive content including; priority ticketing, backstage footage, audio, photos and all the latest news from the daily Little Noise backstage blog, all for only £6 for six months. Subscribers will also be able to pick the best pew in the Chapel with priority entry to the gigs. Curated by Mencap Ambassador Jo Whiley, 2010′s Little Noise Sessions will bring some of the hottest names in music, over six very special nights, to perform acoustically in the exquisite surroundings of the Union Chapel. The stripped back music mixed with the intimate venue gives the audience the chance to see something truly unique each night – this year with balloons and some cake thrown in too! Returning to the Union Chapel for their second appearance at Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions and bringing some special guests with them is The Kooks, on Thursday 18th November. Joining the Brighton four piece, is man of the moment Example along with New York rockers We Are Scientists, John Bramwell of the Mercury prize nominated I Am Kloot, and rising star Leah Mason, all sure to help celebrate Mencap’s 5th Birthday in style. Last but certainly not least, closing this years spectacular Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions on Saturday 20th November is golden girl Ellie Goulding, plus special guests. Sure to leave the crowd starry eyed she will be joined by one of Britain’s most talented young bands Stornoway and the signature vocal of Tinashé – the perfect way to end the Sessions. THE LINE UP SO FAR:
Monday 15th November: Tom Jones Presents Praise and Blame with friends and Lauren Pritchard

Sam Clark’s already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark's already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark's already made it to No 1 in Australia.

Sam Clark’s already made it to No 1 in Australia.  Now he wants to conquer the UK charts too, and who could blame him?  Sam’s song Broken made it to the top of the Australian physical singles chart without any radio play – all thanks to his fans.  The actor, who plays Ringo in the soap, told Last Broadcast of his plans to come to these shores. “I am hoping to come later this year – music’s coming with me for sure!” he said.  On his chart success in Oz he said: “I was stoked. It proved to me that hard work pays off and also got me very excited for the future. Fingers crossed radio comes on board and we can remain in that position for some time to come.”  Since joining Neighbours in 2006 as ‘Ringo Brown’ Sam Clark has become one of the most loved and recognizable characters on the long-running show. But  whilst acting is very important to him, Sam’s first love is music, and on November 13 Sam did release his debut single ‘Broken’.  Sam Clark has come a long way from his nation-wide Dolly Magazine audition
that landed him an initial 3 month contract on Neighbours. Now, at just 21  years of age, Sam has a Logie nomination and over 300 Neighbours episodes under his belt, and is ready to embark on a new journey that will see him enter a new phase of his career. Sam is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist whose songs are beautifully melodic with thought-provoking lyrics. Music is not a new interest for Sam, who has been writing songs and playing guitar since the age of 15. Sam has a varied array of musical tastes and influences, sighting Birds of Tokyo, Bon Jovi, Cold Chisel, The Temper Tap, Slipknot, Jeff Buckley, David Gray and The Kooks, to name just a few.  “Music is what defines me. It’s the language I speak and how I communicate
best.”  More info………….

Scouting For Girls: From Carphone Warehouse to girls and guitars

Scouting For Girls: From Carphone Warehouse to girls and guitars

Scouting For Girls: From Carphone Warehouse to girls and guitars

Roy Stride was never a brilliant mobile phone salesman. But working in his local branch of Carphone Warehouse, he was good enough to be offered a managerial job. For the bright young English Literature graduate, the chance of a promotion presented a dilemma.  On the one hand, it offered security. On the other, it would leave him with less time for the pop group he fronted with his two former schoolmates, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard. Stride turned down the job – and his decision soon paid off in style. Within two months, his band, Scouting For Girls, had secured a record deal. A year later, in January 2008, their debut album topped the charts. And last month, they got their first No. 1 single with the anthemic This Ain’t A Love Song. ‘I was too nice to be a great salesman, but my bosses encouraged me to go for the manager’s job,’ says singer, guitarist and pianist Roy, 30. ‘But the best thing about working there was that I could take time off to rehearse. The guys in the shop were understanding, even though they didn’t think I was a serious musician. They thought I was a malingerer.’ Stride’s desire to make music had already influenced another big decision. He chose to study at one of the capital’s leading universities, Queen Mary College, so he could continue to live with his parents and devote his spare time to Scouting For Girls. ‘One of the reasons I did English was that there were only eight hours of lectures a week,’ he says. ‘That left more scope for music. I worked hard at college and loved the academic side of things (he got a First), but my main focus was the band.’  Everybody Wants To Be On TV, the new album from Scouting For Girls is out now. With his student days coinciding with the melody- driven Britpop boom, Stride’s approach to writing songs is uncomplicated. A strong tune goes a long way, and the band’s biggest hits – She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat and their recent No. 1 – are catchy. ‘I was a Britpop kid, and that was all about sing-along choruses,’ he says. ‘I discovered the Sixties by listening to Blur and Oasis. ‘A classic song is a crossword puzzle. You put one hook on top of another and, eventually, everything fits together. That’s what The Beatles did and Lady Gaga does.’ The rise of Scouting For Girls dovetailed with a wave of Noughties guitar bands. But, while most of their indie-rock peers – The Feeling, The Kooks and The Fratellis – floundered after their second albums, the upbeat Londoners are prospering. Boosted by This Ain’t A Love Song, their album, Everybody Wants To Be On TV, is selling well. But the making of the new record was far from trouble-free. An early version was scrapped before the buoyant sound and radio-friendly songs emerged.  ‘When I gave our record label a rough CD of the new songs, I was expecting a call the next day telling me how amazing they all were,’ says Stride. ‘But the call never came. Eventually they got back and told me I could do better. ‘I was angry, but we worked on some of the songs and scrapped the others. Now it’s much better. Some groups struggle to come up with songs the second time around, but we’ve managed it.’ Among the album’s stand- out tracks is Posh Girls. A song that attempts to, ahem, lay bare the truth about women who look as if ‘butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth’, it harks back to the wry, irreverent pop of Squeeze and Madness. However, it has also been dubbed sexist, a charge Stride refutes. ‘Some people have said Posh Girls is misogynistic, but I don’t agree,’ he says. ‘It stemmed from a conversation I overheard on a bus. There were two blokes chatting, and one of them said posh girls “go like the clappers”. I thought it was a brilliant line for a song. ‘It’s supposed to be a fun number that people can jump around to at gigs. But I don’t think that many other bands could get away with it. ‘I’m a Coldplay fan, but I can’t imagine Chris Martin singing it. We tackle subjects like that with a knowing wink.’ Stride, whose mother is a teacher and father a civil servant, formed the band with bassist Greg while they were at school. Drummer Pete was recruited after Stride decided against a career as a singer-songwriter. He played Glastonbury as a solo artist in 2005, but felt a rough-andtumble-band provided the perfect vehicle for his pithy songs. Like most of the big calls, the former phone salesman got that one right: Scouting For Girls have been upwardly mobile ever since. ‘I enjoyed playing Glastonbury on my own, but it’s more fun to play with other people,’ he says. ‘We play to 5,000 people instead of 50, but the shows are intimate. Playing in a band is a great job, but we’re still like the mates you meet down the pub. ‘I chatted to a security guard after one of our shows and he told me our fans were the loudest and most animated he’d ever seen. ‘But they’re also the friendliest. There’s never been trouble at our gigs, and I’m proud of that. It’s all about having fun.’  Everybody Wants To be on TV is out on Epic. Scouting For Girls play Manchester Apollo tonight (seetickets.com) and Thetford Forest, Suffolk, on July 8 (forestry.gov.uk).

The Kooks signed guitar on display at Uni

The Kooks

The Kooks

The Kooks signed guitar on display at Uni. A ONE-OF-A-KIND guitar replica signed by award-winning band, The Kooks, has proudly gone on display at Buckinghamshire New University. The 10-ft-high multi-coloured guitar, entitled ‘A Disarming No. 7′, was one of 25 giant Les Paul guitars exhibited on the South Bank in 2007, as part of the London Guitar Town Exhibition and signed by a host of household names, including KT Tunstall and Queen’s Brian May.    Its owner, Phil Dudderidge, Managing Director of international High Wycombe-based firm, Focusrite Engineering, has lent the exhibit to the University, in recognition of the company’s ongoing education partnership.The limited edition guitar is now housed on the second floor of Bucks New University’s £40 million Gateway entrance building, alongside a plaque marking the donation from Focusrite and its division, Novation.Phil said: ‘It’s on long-term loan to the University from my private collection. ‘It’s an art work that symbolises the common bond we have with the University, the students and the Faculty of Design, Media & Management.

‘I hope the symbolism will inspire.

Websites: bucks.tv and bucks.ac.uk

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon and Kasabian headline V .  V Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary celebrations by announcing a world class line up for this year’s festivities on the 21st and 22nd August 2010 – to be headlined by Kings of Leon and Kasabian.  The summer spectacular, held across two sites at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, will be crammed with the hottest names in music. Joining the headliners over the weekend will be favourites Stereophonics, Faithless, The Prodigy, David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys, Cheryl Cole, Paul Weller, The Kooks, Paolo Nutini, and 2010 BRIT award winner Florence And The Machine. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 5th March and festival organisers are advising fans to purchase them quickly to avoid disappointment, but only from official outlets listed on www.vfestival.com.  Headliners Kasabian said: ‘We can’t wait. We feel it’s the right time for us to headline a festival. We’ve been playing so many festivals for so long, years and years. I think the moment is right. It’s just a wonderful thing to be doing.  ‘Our fans are going to love the show. They’ll really enjoy it.’

Fans will also experience sets from Madness, Editors, Mika, White Lies, Groove Armada, The Courteeners, Goldfrapp, The Charlatans, Scouting For Girls, Chase And Status, The Temper Trap, Amy Macdonald, Newton Faulkner, La Roux, Sugababes, Pixie Lott, Skunk Anansie, Passion Pit, Ellie Goulding, Kate Nash, Paloma Faith, Shed Seven, Imogen Heap and Plan B.

Blur and David Bowie avatars to appear in Lego rock band

legorockbandDamon Albarn and co have gone from Blur to blocks … after being recreated in Lego.  The band, who reunited for a series of dates this summer, have been given a Lego makeover for a new video game.  The characters are complete with bass player Alex James’s foppish fringe, Albarn’s Parklife-era tracksuit top and guitarist Graham Coxon’s geek-chic glasses.  The band are among a number of Continue reading →

Taylor Swift Joins Forces with Band Hero – Xbox

Taylor Swift - band heroVideo game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero’s in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favourite chart-topping hits ‘You Belong With Me,’ ‘Picture To Burn’ and ‘Love Story’ in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season – Band Hero.  Allowing budding pop stars the ability to perform with friends and family in living rooms across the globe or take their newfound fame on the road as they command center stage with their band anywhere they choose, Band Hero confirmed today additional songs from both the console and Nintendo DS™ Lite set lists, comprised of the most fun to play, chart-topping hits. When the games ship on November 3, fans can live out their music fantasies as they step on stage as their favourite music superstars, including singer/songwriter Taylor Swift and Maroon 5’s Continue reading →

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