Monday, January 29, 2007

Enjoying View from the top

Dundee music heroes The View were celebrating last night after their debut album Hats Off To The Buskers charged straight to the top of the charts.

The Dryburgh foursome fended off Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s band The Good, The Bad and The Queen, which entered at number two.

Yesterday’s top spot marks a whirlwind success story for the young group, who have charmed their way around the country picking up thousands of new fans over the past year.

The band are also riding high in the singles chart with Same Jeans at number five—the third top-20 hit in six months for Kyle Falconer, Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly and Steve Morrison.

Last night Kyle, Pete and Steve were partying in London while Kieren was back in Dundee with his family before they kick off the Shockwaves NME Awards Indie Rock Tour in Belfast tonight.

Steve had been due to fly back to Dundee yesterday morning but, in true rock star style, got drunk watching indie mates The Horrors play the night before and missed his flight.

Last night champagne corks were popping at lead singer Kyle’s Dryburgh home as his family celebrated the band’s chart success with Steve’s parents Andy and Sharon.

Kyle’s proud mum Elizabeth described the lads’ rise to stardom as “just incredible.”

“We’re just popping the champagne corks and getting ready to party,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.

“I was in my sister’s car outside the ice rink when they hit number one. We both got out and started dancing around the car. We got a few strange looks!

“I phoned Kyle afterwards and they’re going to have a party. I was so excited, but he just said, ‘Yeah, great, mum.’ He doesn’t like to show his emotions!”

Steve’s mum Sharon said everyone was “absolutely delighted”.

“It’s been building up to this for months and months,” she said. “I’d always known it would do well but I was still a bit apprehensive.

“When Monday arrived I just saw everyone running to the record shop to buy it. Everywhere was running out of CDs because they were disappearing off the shelves.

“It’s amazing, but they’re just taking everything in their stride.”

Kyle’s brother-in-law Andy Campbell said, “Kyle comes from a very musical family. We’ve all been interested in the Dundee music scene and played in bands for years, but Kyle’s surpassed everybody.”

Recorded in Yorkshire last spring with producer Owen Morris, the album boasts 14 tracks including hit singles Wasted Little DJs, Superstar Tradesman and Same Jeans.

The View’s story began in earnest in September 2005 when Pete Doherty’s band Babyshambles played at the city’s Fat Sam’s nightclub.

The cheeky lads managed to blag their way on to the bill after busking outside Doherty’s tour bus.

The rise to the top has seen them playing top venues across the country, receive glowing album reviews in Mojo, NME and almost every newspaper in the country, and adorning the front cover of the NME.

They even hosted the Zane Lowe show on Radio 1 earlier this month, standing in for the holidaying DJ.

The Courier 29/1/07


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