Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The View Respond To Mercury Nomination

The View have spoken to Gigwise this afternoon about their nomination for this years Nationwide Mercury Prize.

As we reported earlier, The View’s debut album ‘Hat’s Off To The Buskers’ is among a list of twelve LP’s that have been short listed for the Best British and Ireland album of the last twelve months at this years awards. Previous winners the Arctic Monkeys and leftfield act Basquiat Strings are amongst the other nominations.

Speaking to Gigwise just after the announcement was made, the band’s bass player Kieren Webster admitted that it was “nice” to be nominated but said that the fans regard for the album was more important.

“I don’t think the reward for the album relies in awards nominations,” said Webster about the accolade. “It’s more the fact that all the fans liked it. It’s nice to be nominated but I wouldn’t say it justifies the album any more. It’s a good album on its own whether it gets nominated for an award or not.”

‘Hat’s Off To The Buskers’ entered the UK charts at number one when it was released in January, capping off a remarkable rise to stardom for the Dundee band.

Webster added that amongst the other nominations, he most admired Fionn Regan, Jamie T and Arctic Monkeys.

The winner of this years Nationwide Mercury Music Prize will be announced at Grosvenor House Hotel in London in September. 17th July 2007


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