Thursday, November 09, 2006

The View .. Superstar Tradesmen they are..

Perched on the brink of superstardom The View are on fire. With top 20 singles and sell out UK dates under their belted skinny jeans they're all set to burn up 2007. With tickets for the band's shows going for more than a one-er on e bay plus being name checked by such legends as Bobby Gillespie and both Noel and Liam Gallagher The View have already imprinted themselves in the indie royal family of 2006. Phewf. And that's only after releasing two singles. So how did these four Dundonian upstarts get into the charts? I hooked up with the slight of figure, yet pure dishevelled rock n roller, lead guitarist Pete before their gig at the Barfly. And the story's a pretty interesting one as it goes..

Having met in Primary school the lads were good friends for many a year before deciding to form the UK's next big thing. So the guys started to jam in a covers band and year or two later found themselves fully fledged band boys using Kyle, the lead singer's, Uncle's pub as a practice room. But that didn't last long and they were sharply chucked out for riding a scooter along the bar. "Loads of people talk about that!" laughs Pete, "But it wasn't a scooter, it was one of those foldy away ones and it wasn't on the bar it was on the tables". So that makes it a lesser offence? Pete muses, "The real reason we got chucked out was because he always left his kegs on and we just drank". Ahhh. That's easily deemed as rock n roll in my book. But the band don't see it that way, " We get named as troublemakers, well not troublemakers but wild. But we'.re just up for a good party and living the dream". Well said. Boys in bands are meant to be raucous and misbehaved; it just goes with the territory. They wouldn't be rock n roll otherwise.

Back to the music. The View played their first gig having only written five songs, and swiftly got signed after their second. This single is currently doing the rounds on our old friend e bay for way over the original shelf price. "I was looking on e bay and they'.re going for like 100 quid and it wasn't even signed! I've got about a hundred of them in my garage! I see a lucrative business deal coming on. But when did Rough Trade's A&R honcho and tastemaker extraordinaire James Endeacott come along? "It's a weird story behind that actually. When Babyshambles played Dundee we went down to give them a CD and Kieran, our bass player, went up and tapped on the tour bus and Pete (Doherty) came straight to the door. Kieran went, "can you listen to that? And Pete says, "yeah come on up". So Kieran sat on the tour bus and Pete was listening to this demo and playing the harmonica over it and Kieran just went, "any chance we could support you guys tonight?". And he said yes!" The band only played for ten minutes but the guitarist admits it was probably the best gig of their life. ".It was strange after that because Kieran was speaking to the manager and they were talking about who we'd want to sign with," continues Pete, "and we were all like James Endeacott because of The Strokes and the Libertines and stuff. And seriously, and hour later, he's on the phone saying he wants us to come down and play!" Sounds like a dream come true for any aspiring group.

So come down and play the band did literally rocking James' socks off in the process. "James wanted to sign us after that first gig so it was a quick as fuck deal". The lads are now signed to Endeacott's new label 1965 and loving every minute of the new full time band lifestyle.

This includes recording their soon to be release debut album in a farmhouse just outside Scarborough. Which Pete quips, 'was the most mental three weeks of my life. Every day when Owen (the producer) got up at about four, bearing in mind we'd gone to bed at ten am, he'd put his shades on and go "pub?" and walk out the door. We'd just follow him". Tales of strip joints and champagne follow, but I'll leave you to ask the lads in person about these sordid stories.

Working with Owen Morris, of Oasis fame, they laid down the tracks for what is sure fire to be a chart-topping album. Having heard a snippet on the sampler I can tell you it's tasty as fuck. And if you think that the two singles the band have released so far are the best they've got then you'd be very wrong.

'Comin Down' is a ruggedly raw stomper, showing a harder edge to the band. Still with the trademark indie pop melodies it won't be shying away from any kind of music chart but will also appealing to the harder nosed music hacks out there. Top twenty single 'Superstar Tradesman' leans to the group's more melodic side whilst still being tough and edgy. It's hooky as hell and with its working class themed lyrics I'm sure it's been the theme tune to many a piss up. 'Skag Trendy' is, I hate to say this, very early Libertines-esque. But more like the b-sides, those rare gems that many have never heard. In fact with the rambling vocals and growling garage rock chords it actually could be one. Believe me, these three future indie anthems are just the tip of what's yet to come.

Enough of the music, who's the worst drunk in the band? Pete laughs, "We can all drink! Honestly though it's different every night but I'd say Kyle's the worst drunk in the band" Why's that? "Fuck knows. He's totally eccentric, and not only when he's on the mike and stuff. It's hard to be a cool front man like that". Pete's right. But the whole band look pretty fucking cool on stage. Strutting their stuff like some of the greatest rock n rollers ever to grace this planet they've all earned their place up there in those bright lights.

Thank God for The View. They're different from the usual run of the mill indie pap that gets force fed down our throats, but what is it that makes the band so different? ".It's because we fucking mean it. There's too many bands going around worrying about being famous and I couldn't give a shit. It's about the music, not about prancing around being cool".=. Pete adds, "We write tunes. We don't write stuff just because it's what everyone's into at the moment". Spoken like a true musician. And with influences as far flung as The Pogues, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Queen, Fleetwood Mac and The Sex Pistols it seems as if they're taking heed from their heroes and doing it for love and not celebrity. And that's usually when the fame comes..

Emma Edmondson

Thanks to Dek for article


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