It has been noted that The Kooks have talked about their similarities with the Arctic Monkeys and have praised the band’s “development” via NME.
The band’s frontman, Luke Pritchard, spoke to Radio X’s Dan O’Connell about their homecoming show at On The Beach in Brighton next year as well as reflecting on the fact that their debut LP ‘Inside In / Inside Out’ was released on the same day as Arctic Monkeys debut ‘Whatever People Say I am, That Is What I Am Not’.
He was asked if it was difficult to have everything compared to the success of their debut and Pritchard said:
“Yeah. I’ve ruminated on that a lot. I mean, it was always a bit of an albatross, because when the first thing you do is so commercially successful, what it does is bring craziness and of course being so young as well […], but I think the key to that is making sure you take risks and you do try different things and we’ve done that. We’ve had some amazing creative fazes.”
He then brought up Alex Turner and Co. adding:
“They’re a great example. It’s amazing their development and how they’ve managed to not look back. I think it’s a well trodden path and I think that people have to give a bit of time and space to artists.”
Pritchard went on to explain how he no longer really feels connected to some of the lyrics and emotion from The Kooks’ earlier work.
“The thing with Arctic Monkeys where they are very similar to us as well, is that we’re the same age. Again, we were the next gen from the indie bands at the time, so we were very young,” he said.