The Kooks most definitely practice what they preach with their new single, Be Who You Are.

This new single was released on the 31st of March and will be followed by another new song entitled Broken Vow – completing the pre-release for their forthcoming album The Best of… So Far. The album will be comprised of fan favourites and the best songs the band have released, which explains the album title itself; this will include songs such as the widely known Naïve and She Moves in her Own Way. The album is set for release on the 19th of May.

The Kooks took to Facebook late last week to announce that they are making a return to the music industry after their last album was released in 2014. The post explains how grateful they are for their fans support over the years, but also target the new listeners who may have only listened to their content recently by saying, “if you’re new to the family, then hold on tight… we’re making some of our biggest ever plans”.

The new song itself is upbeat and emits a positive vibe. However, on closer inspection, the lyrical content appears to be portraying a case of uncertainty from a third-person point of view by asking questions. It also gives the impression that Luke Pritchard, the lead singer of the band, is trying to help or guide the unnamed individual in a positive direction, clearly telling us “be who you are”. I personally believe this song stays true the band’s sound and will fit in alongside with the songs previously mentioned. The rhythm of the drums implements a pleasant support, maintaining a steady beat throughout. Clearly being the most noticeable instrument, the drums are utilised to set the scene ready for the chorus to commence – controlling the tempo from start to end. When the drums are absent or reduced to a mellow background score, the vocals and guitar go hand in hand to create a deep and meaningful section of the song, just before the chorus comes around once again.

I’m very excited to see what unravels in their upcoming venture, a project that will be showcased live for fans to experience – one that I personally, was fortunate enough to grab tickets for at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton, on the 4th of May. I have previously seen other bands perform at this venue and I have no doubt that the atmosphere and performance of the night will be a memorable one… be sure to keep an eye out for my review of that night in the close future. If you get the opportunity to get tickets for this upcoming tour, I would highly pursue you to. It is highly likely they will be performing near to you in the near distant future – that is, of course, if you live in England. The tour will visit the North, beginning in Newcastle and later heading to the south, performing at the O2 Academy Bournemouth, all whilst having 16 other stops along the way.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the new single and it has earned itself a position in my current playlist. I look forward to seeing the band soon. It’ll be the first time I have experienced their music live, despite being an avid fan over the years.

4/5 Bytes.

Daniel Baker.

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