Saturday, April 14, 2007

Aberdeen Review

There have been a spate of Next Big Things to come out of Scotland of late. The Fratellis, Sandi Thom and Paulo Nutini to name a few. But the next and biggest thing has to be The View, surely due an award for going from zero to hero in the shortest time possible.

Darlings of the media and the public alike, The View are worth the watching. And watch them I did, at the Music Hall on Wednesday 11th April. Support came from the Towers of London, fronted by the belligerent Donny Tourette, last seen escaping over the fence in the Big Brother house. His attitude wasn't well received by the good folks of Aberdeen, and he exited stage right to a chorus of boos and a shower of beer. At least I hope it was beer...

The View came on stage at around 10pm to an uproarious welcome, and played their way through most of their debut album - Hats off to the Buskers. The crowd bounced in time, chanting along with abandon. Hit tunes Wasted Little DJs and Same Jeans brought the house down, and the new single The Don was well received. In contrast to the upbeat numbers - which, let's face it, comprise most of the band's repertoire -
the slower Face for Radio provided a welcome change of tempo. Lead singer Kyle Falconer engaged the crowd with snippets of conversation between numbers, and while the audience roared their appreciation, one wonders if anyone actually understood what he said. I certainly didn't.

As with any relatively new band, the range of material was fairly limited, and consequently, the set was shorter than anyone would have liked. The band exited to rapturous applause after encoring with a cover of Squeeze's Up the Junction, followed by hit single Superstar Tradesman leaving the audience happy but wanting more - a winning combination.

If I had one criticism of the evening, it would be that the crowd were a little too enthusiastic. At one stage, security halted the gig because people were being trampled underfoot. Perhaps I'm just getting old and that's rock and roll nowadays. Either way, a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all, and The View proved nicely that there's far more to come out of Dundee than just jute, jam and journalism.

by Cat at


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