Thursday, February 22, 2007

T-Mobile Street Gig Review

THE View probably thought that the days of playing in front of 100 fans were long gone.

Such has been their recent rise to fame, with them gaining a string of top ten hits, that they have been entitled to expect much bigger and rowdier gigs than last night's in the Castle's Queen Anne Room.

But their participation in Edinburgh's first T-Mobile Street Gig, one of a number taking place around the country, was a return to the smaller and more intimate nights that they used to enjoy before they became one of the country's hottest young bands.

The Dundee foursome have gained a number of friends in high places in recent months, including Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty, and that rising fame made the 100 T-Mobile competition winners and invited guests rightfully believe that they were about to see something special in the somewhat grand setting.

The View didn't disappoint. They stormed quickly through the set of songs, all bar one of which were taken from debut album Hats Off To The Buskers. The only exception was a cover of Squeeze's Up The Junction and, ironically, it was the cover that provided the most insight into what they are capable of.

Rather than being another bunch of young Libertines wannabes, it proved that The View have a much edgier, jauntier side that draws on influences like Madness that we can perhaps look forward to them exploring further in future albums.

They finished off with the songs that the crowd were waiting for -Wasted Little DJs and Superstar Tradesman.

It was enough to get the audience of invited guests calling for more, although you couldn't help but feel that the hard-working band were just happy to be finished another night's work.

by MICHAEL BLACKLEY, The Scotsman 22/2/07


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