When the Kooks took the stage at Palm Door on 6th street, saying I was excited was a bit of an understatement. I have been listening to them since their first album Inside In Inside Out and had only seen them perform live once in Dallas back when they opened for Foster The People. I loved their performance then, even though the crowd was obviously there to see FTP. Even with less than enthused crowd, they still put on a great show.
Palm Door had a small outdoor stage and because this was SXSW, I knew we wouldn’t see a whole set from them but even a short set didn’t seem to matter and when the Kooks took the stage, it was apparent they were there to win the crowd over. They came to Texas to entertain.
With the first note of Oh La La, Luke and company captured the crowd with their energetic stage performance.
It didn’t matter that some of the people around me seemed to be left over from the previous performance, American Authors, and weren’t sure who the Kooks were (this was evident from the conversations we heard). We danced right along with Luke as he made his way through some old favorites such as Sofa Song and You Don’t Love Me.
Plus the Kooks gave us a preview of some of the new songs from the soon to be released album…
They ended the show with Naive, a perfect ending to a perfect show.
On a more personal note, we were lucky enough to spend some time with the band after the show. They were one of the most friendliest bands we have come across. Taking their time as we posed for pictures and talking with us and generally just joking around with them.