Thursday, January 15, 2009

The View unveil second album

The View have been speaking about their forthcoming second album Which Bitch? released on 2 February.

"We can't wait to get it out," said lead singer Kyle Falconer. "We're chuffed that it's finished - it took forever."

The Dryburgh foursome began work on the follow up to 2007's Hats Of To The Buskers in 2008, recording in Monmouth, Wales with producer Owen Morris.

"It took eight weeks to do this and the last one was only two weeks," said Falconer. "So I had a lot more time on my hands this time - it was a laid back kind of vibe but it was still good."

Indeed, their debut went platinum in the UK so expectation levels for new material are high.

"I'm starting to feel the pressure now," he concedes. "We've sort of been nonchalant about the whole thing - we're just trying to keep our cool."

New direction

Which Bitch? does represent something of a departure for the rockers in terms of sound, revealing a broader more full-bodied approach.

Falconer: "That just came about without us noticing it because we had loads of time to do the songs.

"We'd be sitting there for six days not doing anything, then all of a sudden we'd have an idea to put a recorder or something on it and it'd just completely change.

"It was like 'Well if you've got a recorder you might as well have an orchestra'."

Meanwhile, Covers - a new track included on the LP - features an unlikely collaboration with fellow Scottish star Paulo Nutini.

"The song was already finished and he was working in the studio next door," said Falconer. "I just went up and tapped on the door and said, 'Do you fancy singing on this because I thought it'd suit your voice?'

"It sounds top top - the words are perfect."

More comfortable on the road than in the studio the band embarked on a six week long tour back in autumn 2008 - an experience they say will help them as they prepare for their forthcoming February jaunt. Except for one ill-fated night in Nottingham in October that is.

"I just got drunk and couldn't play," he sighed.

"We really went for it this time - it was like the first time we went on tour again playing those wee venues then.

"It was good - I'd forgotten what it felt like."

By Greg Cochrane, Newsbeat music reporter, 15th January 2009


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