Described as a four piece ‘rag-tag teenage mob of guitar scorching rock ‘n’ rollers’ when they first burst out of Dundee in 2007, The View have had success after success over the last ten years: a Mercury nomination for their first album ‘Hats off to the Buskers’ (2007) and four albums in six years with a fifth studio album now on the way.
They were famously tagged as a ‘hard-gigging, hard partying band’ back in the day. Tonight is a celebration of all we were ten years ago: the band on stage, ten years older and wiser, and the audience, some staunch fans from back in the day together with the new fans they’ve collected along the way. With this devoted crowd crammed into every corner of The Foundry, The View delivered their first two albums and a few extras thrown in for good measure.
They walked out onto a stage of smoky blue and started the night with Coming Down, a raucous heavier version of the original. Kyle’s screeching vocals accompanied yowling guitars from Kieran Webster. Leading into rocking bass and drums while his vocals accompanied their riff they arrived with their trademark of a scorchingly passionate and powerful sound.
Superstar Tradesman was an obvious favourite from the audience’s wild reaction and we were only on the second song.
Standing at the bar
Get a trade son and you’ll go far
I don’t want money I want a thing called happiness
I’d quite like memories
To keep us on track
The chorus was sung passionately uniting band and audience as one.
Then the line … ‘What would you do if I asked you to sail away?’ changed the tone. Success was theirs yet maybe they just wanted to get away from it all at that time. All sung with such pathos.
Same Jeans, their biggest hit, has always been a real crowd pleaser and this audience were all over it. Steven Morrison provided manic drums, whipping the crowd up into a frenzy. This indie-pop track delivered tonight as a more poignant, reflective performance today with delicate melody line from Pete Reilly on the keyboard:
So, when you look in the mirror
Reflecting back at you – someone that you don’t know
Oh that’s just made your head spin around
So get yourself together, yeah
Get your feet back on the gro-o-o-o-o-ound
Such a gorgeous song reflecting the teenage boys they once were and the men they are now.
Their performance of Skag Trendy was executed with less humour than the original track from the album, darker and aggressive in tone. Condescending of the drug culture but sympathetic to the character whose story this song tells. The crowd joined in with the melodic chorus breaking up the pop-punk style.
The Don gave us a change of pace and mood – a delicate melody played on keyboard with a waa-waa-waa-waa from rhythm guitar. The crowd partied along to this and loved every moment.
At regular intervals throughout the night, the audience broke out with: ‘The View The View The View are on fire!!!’ – the band’s war cry. Such a passionate and committed crowd which, after ten years in the game and a quiet spell behind them must have been reassuring and reaffirming for The View.
Face For Radio was performed in a gentle and steady rhythm and we heard Kyle’s clear and sweet vocal here. He has a beautiful tone and this song showed us real emotional range. This melody is one I’ve been whistling ever since and the audience sang along remembering every word. A true accolade and a heartwarming response from the crowd:
Wages on a Friday,
Spent on a Saturday,
Lend me a tenner,
Won’t do that again,
Oh, your trust is not too strong.
Happy started quietly…
I wasn’t born to make you happy
I wasn’t born to make you sad
then built up to what seemed you be one of the real favourites of the evening as the crowd sang, danced, jumped, whooped – I don’t want to write the stereotypical ‘And the crowd went wild’ but on this occasion they did! A lilting indie rock ’n’ roll melody carried the lyrics along with the kind of chorus that gives you goosepimples. Those icy back of the neck ones which bring a lump to your throat. Emotional stuff.
Tonight we were treated to rocky beats, rolling melodic verses and crowd-pleasing choruses. In all, the set was much grittier, harder than in the early days as these songs have matured with their band and equally with much of their audience. Their signature is still the rocking rolling melody, thudding indie drums and bass of old with occasional nods to a more alternative folky sound. However, their music has certainly stood the test of time and has grown with them.