Monday, November 23, 2009

The View take tips from the Jersey Boys

The View have rewound 50 years of pop history while recording tracks for their new album.

The Dundee rockers have revealed the unlikely inspiration for the CD was legendary US vocal act Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

View frontman Kyle Falconer fell in love with the group after hearing classics December 1963 (Oh What A Night), Rag Doll and Walk Like A Man.

He's become such a fan he even went to see The Jersey Boys - the hit West End stage musical which tells their amazing story.

Now, Kyle says his band will introduce Four Seasons-style harmonies to their unique sound.

The View are working on the follow up to hit albums, Hats Off To The Buskers in 2007 and Which Bitch? which was released earlier this year.

Kyle told me: "Two years ago, I was given a copy of The Four Seasons' greatest hits and it lay around for ages before I actually listened to it.

"When I finally put it on I really got into the songs. The simple pop factor of their music is brilliant."

The US group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

They released their first record in 1961 - 26 years before Kyle was born.

Their string of Top 40 hits includes Beggin', Working My Way Back To You and Let's Hang On.

Their 1965 hit Bye Bye Baby was famously covered by The Bay City Rollers ...

while Andy Williams had a smash with their 1967 classic Can't Take My Eyes Off You.

Kyle said: "We're working on five-part vocal harmonies - it's something we've always wanted to do. We're not bad chanters when we put our minds to it."

The band have split from Oasis' producer Owen Morris. On the new album they plan to work with Youth, the man behind hits by Paul McCartney, U2 and Marilyn Manson.

On Friday, the group will attend the Nordoff Robbins (Scotland) Tartan Clef Awards at the SECC in Glasgow to receive the gong for Best Live Band.

The following night, they star at Homecoming Live alongside Deacon Blue, Lloyd Cole, Teenage Fanclub and Midge Ure at the same venue.

Kyle said: "It's always good to get an award and means much more to receive one on home soil.

By Billy Sloan, Sunday Mail, 22nd November 2009

Tickets for Homecoming Live are available from 0844 395 4000.


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