Monday, April 27, 2009

The View to play benefit gig

Scottish indie giants The View are set to play a hometown show in order to aid a local venue.

Dundee's award winning venue The Doghouse was recently forced to close its doors after a dispute between the licensee and the city council. However since then a growing campaign has taken place to get the venue back open.

The Doghouse was pivotal in the city's music scene, and allowed The View to rehearse their back in their early days. The band played many shows at the venue, turning it into a home from home. In 2007 Clash invited the group back to play a spectacular show in front of a specially invited audience of friends and well wishers.

The association between band and venue runs deep, with The View placing a Doghouse flyer in the collage for the sleeve to their smash hit single 'Same Jeans'. Since then the band have released their diverse second album 'Which Bitch'.

Containing some high points (ace single '5Rebeccas') as well as lows (the rapping!) the album nonetheless demonstrated the band's rapidly maturing songwriting skills. The band previewed the album at last year's RockNess festival, taking to the stage in a packed Clash Arena.

However recent shows have been dogged by rock 'n' roll behaviour with gigs in Nottingham and the Snowbombing festival being called off due to singer Kyle Falconer being too drunk to go onstage.

A trip home could be just what the doctor ordered. The fundraising show will take place at Fat Sams, the nightclub where The View gave Pete Doherty their demo tape - thereby securing their first step on the road to stardom.

The gig will take place on 2nd May.

Clash, 27th April 2009


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