The Kooks aim to make an impact in the U.S.

Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:02am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British band The Kooks wrap up the current U.S. leg of their tour this week, setting their sights beyond their first three records and aiming to score a major hit in America with new music to come.

The indie rock group plays the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on Tuesday in support of their third album "Junk of the Heart," then head back to Great Britain.

Their latest single, "How'd You Like That," hit U.S. airwaves last week, and the band has made the rounds of clubs and other venues and last month appeared on popular late-night talk program, "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Yet, even as they depart from this round of touring, the Kooks want more from the United States.

"I have a fire in my belly to write the best songs, and I still love doing it," lead singer Luke Pritchard told Reuters at a tour stop last week in Los Angeles.

"I hope we have a tune that connects really big here in the U.S., and I want to work with some American musicians and have collaborations happening," he said.

"Junk of the Heart" is the four-piece band's third album, following their 2006 debut "Inside In/Inside Out," from which singles such as "Naive" and "Ooh La" gained worldwide play. Their sophomore record, 2008's "Konk," delivered hits such as "Shine On."

Pritchard likened the first three albums to a sort of "growing up" phase for the band and said that while still on their musical journey, "I feel like we've ended a chapter with a trilogy of records."   Continued...