Friday, February 02, 2007

You're looking at trouble with The View

They may have had the same jeans on for four days, but it seems the View's personal hygiene is not putting off the fans.

Already, the Scottish four-piece, who are signed to A&R guru James Endeacott's new label, 1965 records, have gathered a glittering array of showbiz followers including Jo Whiley, Pete Doherty and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie.

And this week, following hot on the heels on three top 20 singles including the irresistibly catchy Same Jeans, the band's debut album Hats off to the Buskers entered the album chart at number one, shifting 100,000 copies.

The boys from Dundee have also secured a prestigious slot of the NME Indie Rock Tour 2007, synonymous with showcasing the hottest new bands, which calls at Norwich UEA on Thursday, February 8. But as fast as they earn glowing praise, they are also earning a reputation as the new bad boys of rock.

As well as being barred from their local boozer, the band have recently been banned from every Travelodge in the UK for causing more than £7,000 of damage to a hotel room, during an post-gig bender in Liverpool.

But, according to guitarist Pete Reilly, they're not really troublemakers, just a group of friends who like a drink. “We're not really bad,” he says. “We are just a bit louder than most bands. We are four guys who like a good party and a good drink. We're sort of insane, but in a playful way.”

The band, Reilly, Kyle Falconer, Keiren Webster and Steven Morrison, met growing up in the Dryburgh area of Dundee.

In their early teens they formed a covers band, going on to pen their own material and turning Kyle's cousin's pub, the Bayview Bar, their unofficial HQ. It was to be a relationship that was short-lived. After just two gigs and claiming the bar's abbreviated name - the View - as their own, they were barred for allegedly riding a scooter down the bar.

“The whole thing about the scooter has been blown out of proportion,” Reilly explains. “It was just a microscooter and we were just messing about. It wasn't on the bar, either. It was on a table.

“Besides, the real reason we got thrown out was because we used to use the function room to practise in and one time after a party they left the booze down there so we drank it.”

The band quickly decamped to Dundee's music hotspot The Doghouse, spending up to 12 hours a day practising before hanging around for all-night drinking session.

“We had a great time,” recalls Reilly. “We had sofas and a TV, it just felt like we lived there. We were living in each other's pockets, but we're used to that.

“We have all known each other since we were five so we know how to deal with each other. We can shout till we are blue in the face, calling each other really bad things. Then, the next day, we just say sorry and that's it. It's quite nice really.”

But the band's major break came after Keiren managed to wangle his way onto Babyshamble's tour bus before a gig in Dundee.

“Keiren knocked on the door of the bus with a demo CD and Pete Doherty answered and invited him in,” says Reilly.

“I don't know what he said, but somehow we managed to get a slot on the bill that night.

“After that, Pete, or one of the touring party, must have handed the demo CD to James Endeacott because a short time later he asked us to come and play in London, then signed us.

“Keiren has got a lot of front, but at the end of the day what did we have to lose?”

Now a year into their deal with Endeacott's 1965 label, the band have already played well over a 100 shows in the UK and are also in the process of signing recording deals in both America and Japan.



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