The Kooks, Halsey, and Priory at The Showbox at The Market
The night began with taking a trip to Portland with Priory. Similar to the likes of the wonderful Grouplove, minus the girl lead, Priory has a fun, soft, playful sound that makes you feel like you are in the company of great friends. It was a fantastic lighthearted start to the night! Following Priory was Halsey, an incredibly talented young girl with a big voice. A New York-based act comparable to Chvrches, she took over the stage with blue hair and an insanely engaging presence. Her cover of The Killers “When You Were Young” shed a different light on the tune, bringing a lighter sound. If anything, this tour with The Kooks is just the beginning for this bright and talented 20 year old.
Being the second time seeing this amazing UK group, my expectations were high for The Kooks. The new record, Listen, was nothing short of a hit. The style, while much different from their freshman release, definitely complements their growth as artists. Stepping away from the heavy guitar riffs and adding more of a synth indie tone to this record, The Kooks have evolved into a multi-genre dominating power band.
The Kooks began their set with songs from their first two albums setting a mood for reminiscing as back as 2006. Frontman Luke Pritchard was as lively as ever, heavily engaging the crowd. With his pleasing and slightly sensual tone, he continued the tradition of his classic acoustic sets. Carrying a perfect balance between the new album and the old The Kooks reminded us of all our favorite songs while shining a well-deserved light on their new release. After closing with “Junk of the Heart”, they came back for a two song encore, closing with “Naïve” and leaving Seattle hungry for their return.
Check out some flicks of The Kooks from the amazing Jake Gravbrot: