What Are You Doing Sunday? Go See The View at the Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 7 April 2013
Celebrate Scotland Week with the Scottish quartet, deemed buzzworthy by the music industry in 2007. Dundee’s The View are best known for their debut album Hats Off to the Buskers. Actually it was a rather fruitful year of British acts hitting the scene from The Cribs, to Klaxons, to The Maccabees, The Rakes, The Wombats, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Mystery Jets. (Geez, 2007 was a really good year, anyways…)
The View are a fun band with plenty of energy and punch. Singer Kyle Falconer’s distinctive vocals are a blend of husky throatiness and nasal twang often times accompanied by minor chord melodies, with a danceable beat. Their more upbeat tunes (Wasted Little DJ’s, How Long) are very anthemic in style, giving them that music festival sing-a-long band vibe.
Notwithstanding a cocaine incident, that canceled a U.S. tour in 1997, the band persevered writing three more albums.
The View play the Bowery Ballroom tomorrow night with fellow Scots, Stanley Odd, then it’s back to the UK in May. With a month gap in between, I wonder what they will be up to…R&R or perhaps a few extra gigs in the U.S… (fingers crossed)
The View from January 2007.