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The View

About The View

The View is a four-part worldwide Indie Rock band hailing from Scotland’s fourth-largest city, Dundee. Formation began circa 2005 where they were simply a cover band—covering successful British bands including Squeeze and the Sex Pistols.
As all friends from school, they would begin their exceptional career by competing in local talent contests. Eventually, the cover songs transcended into their own songs and began practicing in the back of Bayview Pub, a famous landmark for enthusiasts of The View.

The talent shows turned into weddings and gigs around their hometown of Dundee which led to studio time. After a year of doing small-time gigs, they released their first album in 2006 called, Hats Off To The Buskers. Immediately after its release, it proved that their far-from-the-norm genre was successful when the album entered the Official UK Album Chart at 1. They received an invite too many awards shows including NME Awards Tour in 2007. The album’s single, “Wasted Little DJ’s” received Best Track of the year for 2007. Produced by famous Owen Morris—producer of top bands such as The Verve and Oasis— and released through popular label 1965 Records.

During the touring time, The View announced a special tour called “Rocket To Russia”. The tour consisted of gigs which featured in popular countries around Europe. The tour had forty-three individual stops including Holland, UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland and a lot more. Ultimately ending in Russia (hence the tour name).

On February 2009, the Dundonian quartet released their second studio album, Which Bitch?. The album entered the UK Album Chart at 4th and subsequently left the chart after two-weeks.
Due to the albums all-around success, they opted to release a Limited Editon copy of the album which including a full-length documentary named “Dryburgh Style” and also included a gig from Glasgow’s famous Barrowlands. Kyle also performed some of the songs from the album at a Charity solo show in Liverpool before playing on the main stage at the late T In The Park (2010). Which Bitch? was produced with the help of Youth, who has produced songs for The Orb. The label was 1965 records.

After a small break and a lot of touring The View then went onto release their third studio album, Cheeky For A Reason in 2012. This album was confirmed by frontman Kyle Falconer after their performance at T In The Park (2011) during an interview with NME. Before the release of the album, they released a single from the album called, “Hold On Now”, which was free for a limited time. The response was mesmerising and left fans overly-excited for their upcoming release which also led to Kieren and Kyle performing free acoustic gigs in a range of HMV stores all over Scotland. After four years of releasing music, this album was still able to compete with its predecessors as it ranked 9th in the Official UK Albums Chart and 1st in the Official UK Independent Albums Chart!

A decade passed since they released their first studio album, Hats Off To The Buskers. To celebrate the anniversary they released an album called Seven Year Setlist which featured songs which were predominately used in their setlists over the years of touring. As well of complying with songs which previously had already been released The View also released three brand new songs to go on the album.

In 2015, they went onto release their fifth studio album named, Ropewalk. The album was named after the district of Hamburg, Germany (which is where the album was recorded_. The album received delays as Kyle flew out to Thailand to attend a rehab facility to help battle his numerous illegal substance addictions including heroin and cocaine. The album was then released mid-September.

Currently, the band are on a year-long hiatus to pursue other projects such as Kyle’s debut solo album. However, recently there have been rumours that they have disbanded after the drummer, Steven “Crazy Mo” Morrison, uploaded a picture to his Instagram story which included Kieren, Kyle & Pete; however, Kyle’s face had been blacked out with an emoji.


LINEUP

Vocalist — Kyle Falconer
Lead Guitarist — Pete Reilley
Drummer — Steven “Crazy Mo” Morrison
Bassist — Kieren Webster

TOURING AND SESSION MUSICIANS

Keyboards — Darren Rennie