It’s always good fun when four incredibly skinny, pasty white, adorable British boys come across the pond to serenade you (well, technically not you, but 3000+ fans) with tunes from their incredibly successful sophomore album, Konk, along with all the hits off their debut album.
What’s even more fun is when you get to see The Kooks show off their vocal and musical capabilities a few hours before their second sold out Terminal 5 show on the rooftop of the EMI building. Yes, it was hot up there and they only played four songs but there was free lunner (lunch + dinner) and hearing The Kooks acoustic is always a great treat. There is no denying The Kooks talent, hence their overwhelming success, but when Luke Pritchard and Hugh Harris took to the makeshift stage on the rooftop and acoustically belted out “NaÃ¯ve”, “Ooh La”, “Always Where I Need to Be” and “Tick of Time” it was all the more apparent how gifted this young band actually is. While this was an incredibly fun event, it was “industry only” so both the audience and band were more subdued than usual. After the band ended their “set” and the night was cooling off it was high time to book it uptown in order to catch the openers.
Sadly the rooftop BBQ made it impossible to catch first opener Nat Jenkins, which is unfortunate as he makes such good rockabilly music that you’re positive he’s from the south instead of his native London.
Minutes after walking through Terminal 5’s doors, the ever adorable Morning Benders took the stage to a very accepting audience of teenage boys and girls. Hailing from Berkley California, the quartet delivered perfectly crafted pop gems to the ever attentive audience, who became fast fans of the equally young band whom they were watching. The Morning Benders are doing incredibly well for themselves and if the Terminal 5 shows are any indication, they’ve got a long future ahead of themselves.
After not too long of a wait and a crowd sing along to the Arctic Monkeys’ “When The Sun Goes Down”, The Kooks took the stage to an adoring crowd who even let Luke’s unfortunate shiny gold headband slide. As Terminal 5 normally draws a younger crowd, there were no egos on the band or audiences’ part, and the main goal of the night was to have fun. The band treated the audience to all the “classics” (I don’t really think songs off their debut Inside In/Inside Out can be called classics just yet) and actually kept the tracks from Konk to a minimum. Even a Kinks cover made an appearance, which went over way better than the headband, if you ask me. After an hour and a half set and a mild attempt at crowd surfing, The Kooks concluded their set, much to the dismay of their adoring fans.