Friday, April 20, 2007

The View launch urgent band hunt

Rock band The View have launched an urgent search to find an unsigned band to support them at a gig they are playing in Norwich on Friday.

The decision was made after the group's support band, The Horrors, dropped out.

The idea was inspired by the Dundee-based band's big break, which happened after they handed a demo to Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty.

Demo tapes must be dropped off at The View's tour bus at the University of East Anglia by 1600 BST.

The chosen band will be required to sound-check two hours later, ready for the evening's performance.

Guitarist Peter Reilly told the BBC News website: "We thought it would be a good idea to give them a chance.

"Because we knocked on Doherty's tour bus, and he gave us a chance, it's kind of returning the favour."

Asked if he was nervous about letting the support band play, he joked: "They might upstage us."

It's good to give a band a chance - there's always room to fit a band on your bill

The band have a busy afternoon ahead of them trawling through demos, and Reilly has vowed to listen to every single one.

He insists they are not looking for any particular style, just a group that are "good".

Reilly promised the group will search for more unsigned talent in the future, and he hopes more bands will follow their example.

"It's good to give a band a chance. There's always room to fit a band on your bill," he said.

The band received three demos just five minutes after they launched their appeal on BBC Radio 1.

Manager Grant Dickson said he was "blown away" by the response.

"The standard so far is really high. We are quite amazingly surprised at how many good bands are around," he said.

"It's proving to be quite difficult to narrow it down, but we've got a 'yes' pile building up, and so far I think we have about five or six," he said two hours ahead of the deadline.

The View have enjoyed huge success with their brand of guitar rock since their debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers, topped the chart following its release in January.

Last month they launched a public appeal for lookalikes to take part in a music video. 20th April 2007

thanks to rrrichyrich


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