Let’s Go Sunshine is the fifth studio release from Liverpool quartet The Kooks. Produced by Grammy nominated Brandon Friesen and Chris Seefried, the album explores the duality of modern urban life. The release of Let’s Go Sunshine is accompanied by a new video for Four Leaf Clover and along with Chicken Bone, examines themes of lost innocence, addiction, struggling relationships and suburban entrapment. All done with trademark Kooks melodic positivity.
Discussing the process behind creating the album, lead singer Luke says This one was about defining who we are.
“We were asking the questions. It was a fractured start. We went into the studio in 2015, continuing down the path we set out on our last studio album “Listen” and discovered it wasn’t what we wanted to make and wasn’t really The Kooks. So we scrapped it and started again. I really went on a mission to write the best songs I’d ever written before bringing them to the band. I stewed over every word. It had to be our Rubber Soul, Lola, Definitely Maybe. Proper British lineage. I came from a dark place at the start, had a lotta heartbreak, and then falling in love in the middle of the album…the lyrics reflect that. From ‘Fractured And Dazed’ to ‘No Pressure’, it’s gotta be our most exciting album, and it should get you dancing.”
Fresh from playing the main stage at last weekend’s Reading and Leeds festival, Let’s Go Sunshine marks another stage in the evolution of the band. Twelve years after the release of their quadruple platinum debut Inside in/Inside Out, a new wave of fans are discovering The Kooks, as they propel their timeless Merseypop sound to more mature and expansive territories. Selling out their recent US tour, the band have amassed over one billion online streams, as well as opening for the Rolling Stones and this week sees them setting out on their own headline UK Tour.
Let’s Go Sunshine is out now via Lonely Cat / AWAL Recordings