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Concert Review: The Kooks at the House of Blues in Boston, MA

November 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Concert Reviews, Daily Music News

The Kooks
House of Blues
Boston, MA
November 19, 2011

Rating: ★★★★★ 


Reviewed by: Holly Kalinski


Why are Americans so enamored with accents?  Is it a desire for something we do not have?  A romanticized view of the “European” lifestyle?  Or are they just plain sexy? Either way, The House of Blues Saturday night was sold out because Boston wanted to get their accent and Britpop fix from the across the pond visitors The Kooks!

Beginning their show with “Is It Me”, it was clear the Kooks are fully aware of their effect on their fans. The crowd erupted into screams as lead singer/guitarist Luke Prichard jumped onto a raised podium, shaking his hips in Mick Jagger-like fashion. Throughout the show,Prichardraised his arms to coax the screaming girls to scream louder, and pointed to audience members in front of the stage and in the two balconies that circle The House of Blues to make sure they were also enjoying the show. Despite its large size and high rafters, The House of Blues offers concert goers great sound and views throughout the venue.

The Kooks played their anthem “Matchbox” with appropriate lyrics for the occasion: “We’re going out tonight / We’re gonna walk all over your cars/ The Kooks are out!” which featured an extended guitar solo from the talented lead guitarist Hugh Harris. The crowd favorite “She Moves In Her Own Way” followed, showcasing a softer side of the band, which continued with another crowd pleasing moment when everyone exited the stage except for Prichard for a spotlighted performance of the band’s short but sweet “Seaside.”

The Kooks closed the show with “Shine On” (made famous by being featured in a Michelob Ultra commercial) and “Do You Wanna” before a quick break and the inevitable encore. Prichardstopped to take a picture of the crowd, mostly likely for the social media the band features on their website, before he took to the piano for “The Saboteur” from their September 2011 release Junk of the Heart. Despite its juvenile title, the album shows the bands growth from their first and second releases with more complex melodies, deeper lyrics, and use of pedals and synthesizers.

The best part of the show was the equal mix of songs from all three of their albums. Often when a new band tours, they focus on primarily pushing their new material. It was obvious the Kooks were happy to see their fans and wanted to show them a good time.  While their music has definitely grown and matured, The Kooks are still the same fun guys that put on a great show!

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