Track of The Week: The Kooks’ ‘Around Town’

If the The Kooks’ hip-hop infused comeback release, ‘Down’ wasn’t enough to convince you that their latest approach is a slightly more daring one than usual, then the brand new video and sound of the bands forthcoming single, ‘Around Town’ certainly will.

Drenched in climactic, gospel soul vocals, ‘Around Town’ poises questions from the band themselves whilst collectively and convictively narrating the bizarre series of unravelling events that take place in the very motion picture the track soundtracks.‘Will you love me when the chips are down?’ pines Luke numerous times throughout the track as if he smashing through the fourth wall and directing that very question at the audience, the consumer and the fans. And after their last full length release, it’s understandable to see why Luke feels the need to see if there is actually anyone left out their listening to the band’s indie war cries. Not because their last album was bad – it wasn’t. But it’s poor sales figures and panned reviews would sadly suggest otherwise.

Directed by Ryan Hope, the music video for the band’s single predominantly follows a pair of assassins, who, when it comes to a potential love interest, require they exude just one thing: a mutual love for killing people – in fact it appears to be the very factor that ensures the assassins themselves become far more than just ‘work’ colleagues.

However, one torture scene down the line and two shagging strangers (who also both get killed – whilst in the middle of ‘it’) later, we are faced with a climatic ending that sees the female assassin shoot her fellow assassin, and lover in the back of the head. All I can say is, thank God for the parental guidance notification at the start, otherwise The Kook’s may have found themselves in some pretty hot water – an exposure to hot water I’m sure Luke Pritchard’s curly locks wouldn’t have approved of.

Whether ‘Around Town’ is a call for help or not- we are all still very much listening.

The Brighton four-peice also recently announced the details of their eagerly anticipated, fourth album, ‘Listen’ which will be released on September 1st. In doing so, the band revealed the albums track-listing which is as follows:

‘Around Town’
‘Forgive & Forget’
‘Westside’
‘See Me Now’
‘It Was London’ 
‘Bad Habit’ 
‘Down’ 
‘Dreams’ 
‘Are We Electric’ 
‘Sunrise’
‘Sweet Emotion’

Words: George Henry King