The Kooks frontman Luke Pritchard has said the band are searching for a new sound as they continue work on their third studio album.
Pritchard told the BBC’s Newsbeat the band are acutely aware of the significance of their third album, and are still yet to decide on which direction to take the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Konk‘. “We’re trying to think what direction to go in,” he said. “That’s the important thing for us. We have many different ways we could go. The third album’s quite a defining point and it has to be a statement of where we’re going as a band.”
Pritchard added The Kooks are specifically toying with using ‘beats and samples’ during their sessions, but insisted the group are cautious of straying too far from their guitar-led roots. “There will be element on this album where we haven’t gone to before,” he explained. “Possibly using samples and beats but not too far away. We’ll keep our roots. I’m not about super-techno or anything. More like loops of cool beats.”
Later, Pritchard confirmed the band’s intention to return to the studio in January to whittle down their new material to 10 or 12 finished tracks, with a view to releasing the new record next summer.