Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Finding a New View & Acoustic Performance

The View's guitarist Pete Reilly and singer Kyle Falconer try to behave for NEALA JOHNSON

You had to cancel an American tour in May. Did that mean you got a break before Australia?

Pete Reilly: Nah, it's just been back-to-back. We cancelled that tour so we went on a European tour. Then we went straight to Japan after that, New Zealand, here, and we're going to Ibiza straight from here. It's f---ing mental.

How long 'til you crack?

PR: It's just fun really, isn't it? Good experiences. But there probably will be a cracking point (laughs).

Your debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, came out in January. Have you started writing new songs yet?

PR: There's loads of tunes on acoustics, we've just not had time to practise. We've been busy.

Is the idea of album No.2 scary? How do you do it again?

Kyle Falconer: No, I'm looking forward to it. Can't wait to get stuck into it. Got loads of ideas. We're not bored, but you keep playing the songs over and over. We're missing that feeling of, when you have a new song you rehearse together and complete it, you're like "Yes! We've got it". And because we've just been gigging, we've not had that feeling in ages.

Kyle, what happened to you in Japan? How did you end up in hospital with septicaemia?

KF: I was wanderin' around Disneyland, no, DisneySea, with Grant, our manager, and I'd got new shoes so I got a blister and blood kept pouring out. I got blood poisoning, I had to cancel three gigs and just sit in hospital and be bored witless.

PR: They weren't cancelled gigs -- we filled in for you.

Pete, what was it like playing without Kyle?

PR: It was weird-like, strange. It was good to show the depth of the band, d'you know what I mean, because if something like that happened you could just cover it up, still go on with the show.

Kyle, did you hate that they were playing without you?

KF: No, I thought we were going to have to cancel the show, then I thought "Oh s---, what have I done?" But they filled in, so it was good.

Legend has it you guys have been living the rock life to the fullest.

PR (laughs): You've got to. Nah, it's been good. You get to see all different places as well.

Will you be able to tour America again? Thanks to a drug conviction in Scotland in March they're unlikely to give Kyle a visa, right?

PR: I think he just needs to behave for a wee while and then we'll apply again. I'm not too fussed about going to America anyway.

KF: We're just waitin' 'til they want us to come across.

Is trouble hard to avoid?

KF: It depends. Things seem to just happen, stupid stuff. It's kinda hard for it not to, though, four guys in a band.

The summer festival season in the UK should be a victory lap for you.

PR: Yeah, it'll be great. We're headlining Glastonbury and T in the Park, and we're getting helicopters from Ireland to Scotland to play different festivals on one day. That's real rock-band.

KF: It's a bit scary goin' in a helicopter, innit? I've not been in one before.

PR: He's gonna get off and go "I'm here!" (mimes throwing his arms triumphantly into the air -- and into the blades of a helicopter).

KF: I'll bungee on to the stage out of the helicopter.

You've said your song Superstar Tradesman summed up everything the View was about when you were starting out in Dundee, Scotland. Does that feel like a lifetime ago?

KF: Yeah. Superstar Tradesman, that's from when we used to practise in the pub, and you'd come up the stairs and all the tradesmen coming back from their work would just pat you on the head and go "Oh, you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star?' "

PR: It's just sad. Like tradesmen working 7 'til 7, Monday to Friday, just to stand in a f---ing dingy pub Saturday through Sunday, you know what I mean? It's pretty s---. It just makes you want to escape even more.

What's it like when you go home now? Presumably they're not patting you on the head any more.

PR: They're patting us on the back now (laughs).

KF: The last time we went back was really, really ages ago. But it was pretty hectic. You want to sit and just chill, but it's just mental. You go into the record shop and there's all these kids screaming. 'Cos that's the place where we want to go when we want to chill out, the record shop, but it's the complete opposite. And your mates think you're being weird; your mates go "You've changed". And you go "What are you on about, then?".

Is it time to move to a villa in the south of France then?

PR: No, I'm not going back to France.

KF: France is s---. Paris was all right, but the rest was really s---. We walked off the stage at one of the gigs. They just seemed like they're not interested, eh? It's hard to go back from big gigs in London and stuff to people who are just not interested.

What has happened in Dundee in your wake?

PR: Loads of young bands. Plus there's loads of big bands coming through -- Dundee has not had a big band playing for years, then all of a sudden Morrissey and Arctic Monkeys and all these bands are coming. It's definitely down to us as well.

KF: And a lot of record-industry people are getting on a plane to Dundee to look for new bands.

PR: Aye, Dundee used to normally get bypassed. They used to go straight to Edinburgh or Glasgow to find bands; now a lot of bands from Dundee are getting attention. We put it on the map.

Are you blase about playing with the likes of Primal Scream now?

KF: It blew our minds when we started playing with Primal Scream. But we were really close by the end. We've played with a lot of bands and they're all kind of stand-offish, but the Scream were like best buds. Mental.

PR: I've done a couple of gigs playing guitar for Primal Scream as well. That's the mind-blowing thing, when Bobby Gillespie asked us to play guitar for 'em on a TV program.

How different is it playing guitar for Primal Scream than for the View?

PR: It's just weird. It's more scary than with the View -- I'm comfortable with them, I can make mistakes and it doesn't matter (laughs). Playing with Primal Scream it's a bit like . . .

KF: And he played with Mick Jones from the Clash!

PR: Yeah. I was singing backing vocals into the same mic . . .

That sounds even more scary.

PR: Playing Rocks with Primal Scream and Mick Jones as guest guitarist -- that's pretty scary, like. But Noel Gallagher says I just made every one of them look old (laughs).

Once you play with Mick Jones, do your parents think you've made it?

PR: At the beginning they were like, "Just finish your trade and get something behind you". But when we started getting singles out and started charting, and they started coming to gigs and going on tour with us, they knew this was a job now.

See an exclusive acoustic performance of Same Jeans by the View
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  • by NEALA JOHNSON, Herald Sun, Australia, 14th june 2007


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