The Kooks have been making their presence known in 2018 ahead of the release of their forthcoming album Let’s Go Sunshine, which will be available on August 31 via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings. The band has already released four tracks off the album, including “No Pressure,” “All The Time,” “Fractured and Dazed”, “Four Leaf Clover” and more recently, “Chicken Bone”. Let’s Go Sunshine is the fifth studio album from the band that follows up the 2014 release, Listen, which saw the band experiment with their sound, where there were elements of jazz, gospel and R&B. In describing the process for the forthcoming album, lead singer/songwriter, Luke Pritchard stated that the album “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.”

B-Sides met up with Luke Pritchard of The Kooks while in San Francisco to talk about Let’s Go Sunshine, the track “Honey Bee”, which he recorded with his late father’s vocals and more. Check out the interview:

B-Sides On-Air: Interview - Luke Pritchard of The Kooks Talks 'Let’s Go Sunshine'

The Kooks - No Pressure