Monday, February 16, 2009

View to a thrill

By Patrick Gough »

WHEN The View burst out of Dundee in 2006, they very quickly established themselves as one of the nation’s most popular indie outfits with their debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, going straight into the charts at number one early in 2007.

The foursome – Kyle Falconer (vocals/guitar), Pete Reilly (guitar), Kieren Webster (vocals/bass) and Steve Morrison (drums) – are back on the road in support of a superb second album, Which Bitch?

The UK tour comes to an end at Southampton University on Sunday.

Kyle took time off to answer some questions from Polly Weeks:
How has your style progressed since Hats Off to the Buskers?
“It’s just been a natural thing. The label gave us loads of time to do the second album.

“We used piano for the first time and tried to come up with new ideas.

“We finished the album early on, but kept going back into the studio to add new stuff.”

Owen Morris, who produced Oasis and The Verve, returned to work with you again. Was that always planned?
“Yeah, definitely! The record company weren’t that sure; they get a little freaked out when we’re all together because it costs a lot of money.”

Did he have any good gossip?
Yeah, he’s got a lot of stories! That’s what we did most: get down and record tunes, and then sit back and listen to his stories. He’s a great man.

How’s life treating you right now?
“It’s good because we’re going on tour. We’re hoping to get a quartet to back us. It’s a bit expensive so I’m going to make a few Dundee calls and get some cheapos in!”

By Patrick Gough, This Is Dorset, 16th February 2009


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