Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The View at Koko

Back in the 80’s when I lived in Glasgow it was regarded as music capital of Scotland however this mantle in recent years has been past over to Dundee, Scotland’s third largest city, and probably the windiest place in the UK. Many years before the members of The View were even born Dundee produced many pioneering pop acts such as The Average White Band and Danny Wilson and more recently Snow Patrol and KT Tunstall.

The Views rise has been meteoric and their debut album “Hats off to the Buskers” entered the charts 18 months ago at No.1 and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone. Their second album “Which Bitch” entered the top 5 this week and is a much harder and more mature than their debut. I have spent the last few days listening to it and am sure that it will become one of the big pop/rock albums of the year. For those of you who don’t have the album yet I have embedded their player which includes the singles off both records including live numbers from Glastonbury.

The gig tonight was a part of a month long NME promotion which sees big name acts play small and intimate venues. The band were on top form and played well over an hours set to a packed venue. The band are currently on a 30 date tour and will be playing across the UK and Europe. If you have the chance I’d recommend to check them out live.

Written by John Rahim, RahimLive, 11th February 2009

Photos here


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