Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Watch Out! Scotland's The View Are Comin' Atcha With 'Hats Off To The Buskers'

Self-described "teenage Dundonian upstarts" and Bobby Gillespie's new favourite band, The View are four young lads from North East Scotland, bent on bringing you the rawest rock music around - and the UK are going mad for it! Grab their debut album 'Hats Off To The Buskers', coming out through Red Label on Saturday, February 3 and hear what everyone's gabbing about. "Like The Proclaimers fronting The Buzzcocks... the new Arctic Monkeys," Q Mag.
A year ago, Kyle, Keiren, Peter and Steve - four barely 18 year old guys from Dundee in Nor'East Scotland - were holed up in the back room of a bar madly practicing their covers when they made the fateful decision to begin writing their own tunes of 80's-inspired rock with the flavour of Crowded House, The Beatles and Squeeze.

A record contract, a few gigs supporting the likes of UK "It" bands The Libertines, Primal Scream and Babyshambles, and two UK smash singles later and The View are eclipsing the UK's musical radar to become the hottest thing in sight:

"A band that are going to inspire weeping adulation." NME

"Like The Proclaimers fronting The Buzzcocks... the new Arctic Monkeys". QMag

"I feel like its just meant to happen for us right now", says Peter. "...people are going mad for us. It's just meant to be. We used to read books about The Libertines and think to ourselves, I'd love it if James Endeacott signed us, then a couple of weeks later, he's on the phone offering us a record contract. It's been totally weird."

Next month, on February 3, the outfit recently crowned Bobby Gillespie's new favourite band will deliver one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2007.

Titled 'Hats Off To The Buskers', the 14 tracks range from pop nuggets like 'The Don' and 'Superstar Tradesman' to the razor-sharp melodies of the ska-inflected 'Skag Trendy?. Marrying the wit and humor of The Libertines with the melodies of The Buzzcocks and Oasis, each one is a mini-anthem in waiting.

'Hats Off To The Buskers' was produced by Owen Morris (behind 'The Verve's' seminal Northern soul and Oasis' debut 'Definitely Maybe') and the partnership has already spawned two UK Top 15 hits with their debut single 'Wasted Little DJs' beating Kasabian, The Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead's Thom Yorke and their second single 'Superstar Tradesman' going directly to number #1 over My Chemical Romance and The Raconteurs.

"When James told people that he was sending us off to record with Owen," laughs Peter, "Everyone apparently said to him, 'Why the hell are you sending the boys off to work with him? He's mental!' and he replied by saying, 'Well, Owen's mental - but the boys are f**king insane!'"

"Every time people were a bit down in the studio, or something wasn't working properly, he'd be like, 'Right boys, let's head off down the strip club!'" said Kyle, "...He's a lovely guy, but a crazy bastard."

Want to see 'em in action? Stay tuned, the boys are planning an Aussie tour later this year...

For the moment, watch their vids here

The View's debut album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' hits stores Saturday, February 3 through Red Label

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