Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The View on AOL.com

It's all systems go for the band on everyone's lips, The View, as they open our 2007 season of sessions.

Deep in the heart of Covent Garden is the London venue for the first AOL session of the year, and to kick-start 2007 we had the hottest band of the moment, The View.

Hailing from Dundee, the lads' feet haven't touched the ground for the best part of 12 months - they've played more than 200 gigs in the UK, on both coasts of the US and beyond. It's been four to the floor since the band signed their contract with 1965 Records.

Two weeks of speculative recording in late 2006 with Owen Morris, who's worked with Oasis and The Verve among others, ran into three, and a complete album of 14 tracks was put together. This year, the band have already toured the USA and had their own show on Radio 1. So, when they came in for their session, they were prepped and ready to go.
A full run-through of the set for a soundcheck incorporated a fair bit of jamming between songs as new ideas were toyed with. That completed, the audience, including their record label boss - who thoroughly enjoyed the show and, with tongue in cheek, heckled the band - filed in for a storming performance.

Top 20 singles Wasted Little DJs and Superstar Tradesman opened the set, knocked out back to back, then there was a step down in gear for their latest and biggest single to date, Same Jeans.

Lead singer Kieren and bass player Kyle swapped instruments for Skag Trendy, with its plaintive chorus of "I wish somebody loved him, to give him a home". Then it was back to the normal line-up for The Don and album opener Coming Down. In the interview, Kieren explained that that song was written after an accidental lock-in gave the band the chance to drink the bar dry downstairs in The Bayview Bar while rehearsing.

For the fans, some of whom had travelled down from Glasgow for the most expensive free gig they'd ever been to, a further two tracks, Gran's For Tea and a ska-driven cover of Squeeze's Up The Junction, closed an excellent night.

It's two days' rest for the band and back to work, though Kieran is promising himself two weeks' holiday in Hawaii in March. Enjoy the rest, fellas - you've earned it.

Hats Off To The Buskers from The View is out now through 1965 Records, and is available on CD and as a download.

Watch live performances of Wasted Little DJs, Same Jeans and The Don at AOL link below

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