The View is made up of school friends Kyle Falconer, Kieran Webster, Pete Reilly and Steven Morrison. Starting off as a covers band, the Dundee band would play talent shows, weddings and local pubs before concentrating on writing their own material.
As they developed in talent and writing abilities they started to play bigger venues before signing to independent label Two Thumbs who released a self-titled EP. The band grabbed the attention of BBC radio with their songs been given airplay from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman. This exposure, combined with some blistering live shows, led to them signing with 1965 Records.
Their debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers
, was produced by Owen Morris (who also worked on Definitely Maybe
and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory
by Oasis plus 1997
and Free All Angels
by Ash) released in January of 2007 and topped the UK album charts.
By the end of the year it had sold 319,000 copies. The band’s commercial success was also accompanied by critical acclaim as the platinum selling debut album saw them nominated for the Mercury Music Award in 2007.
The album featured their smash hit single Same Jeans
which peaked at number 3 in the UK charts. Also off the same album, single Wasted Little DJs
was voted Best Track Of The Year at the 2007 NME Brat Awards.
Later that year they joined the Indie Rock leg of the NME Awards Tour which saw them join The Automatic, The Horrors and Mumm-Ra in playing extensively across the UK.
The band have gone on to enjoy continued success having released another four studio albums and having earned their place as festival slot favourites.
This Spring sees the band on tour and headlining shows at O2 Academy2 in Birmingham, O2 Academy2 in Leicester, SWX in Bristol, The 1865 in Southampton, The Haunt in Brighton, Brooklyn Bow in London and O2 Academy2 in Liverpool.
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