Thursday, January 04, 2007

Fashionable Entrance

That was pig Latin you heard

U.S. audiences could be excused for their befuddlement when they hear the chorus of "Wasted Little DJs," the catchy single from the nascent quartet the View — after all, some Americans call for a translator just to have a normal conversation with a Scotsman.

It's pig Latin, singer-bassist Keiren Webster explains. " 'Wasted' becomes 'asted-way,' 'little' becomes 'ittle-lay,' and so on," he says. "It's simple when you break it down."

So is the View's youthful exuberance — Webster, singer-guitarist Kyle Falconer, guitarist Pete Reilly and drummer Steve Morrison, who hail from Dundee, are all teenagers with one foot in the Britpop and punk pantheon and the other on the dance floor.

The four friends began as a cover band when most were 14, dashing out songs by the likes of the Sex Pistols, Oasis and T. Rex. They started penning their own adolescent kiss-offs about two years ago.

Although their debut, "Hats Off to the Buskers" (1965 Records/Columbia), isn't out until March 13, the View hits these shores this week, with shows Friday at the Viper Room and Saturday at Spaceland. "We're really excited," Webster says of the band's first visit to the U.S. "We want to be where the action is."

by Kevin Bronson , LA Times 4/1/07
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