The View are a Scottish indie rock band. They incorporate various styles such as punk, pop, alternative rock, pop punk, powerpop, folk, and acoustic in their music. The band are currently signed to 1965 Records and their first single, “Wasted Little DJs”, was released on 12 August 2006. The single entered the MTV Two/NME charts on 9 July 2006,eventually reaching number one on 13 August 2006. On the same day, the song reached number 15 in the UK Singles Chart.
The View released their debut album Hats Off to the Buskers on 22 January 2007, which entered the UK Album Chart at number one the following week. It was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize.
The View initially formed around a cover band at school, playing their own versions of bands such as Squeeze and the Sex Pistols.Lead singer Kyle Falconer, guitarist Peter Reilly and bassist Kieren Webster attended St John’s RC High School, while drummer Steven Morrison attended Harris Academy. They began by performing a number of their own songs and cover versions at school talent contests.
The deputy head teacher of St John’s stated that he knew the band would go far and he told them to push for a record deal. The View entered the school talent contest 4 times but were only successful twice. Following this, the band set up base to write their own material in a back room of The Bayview Pub, a bar owned by Falconer’s cousin. They progressed to play more cover gigs and weddings around the Dundee area, including the Centenary Bar in Central Dundee and a caravan park in Arbroath. The band were later ejected from their base in The Bayview, following singer Kyle Falconer reportedly riding a scooter along the bar.
The band continued to tour small venues around their hometown, and after their second billed gig at The Doghouse, they were signed to local independent Dundee record label Two Thumbs, and released the self-titled The View EP in early 2006.Alongside the EP, the band recorded a complete demo album at T-Pot studios in Perthshire and this was made available for download from the band’s Two Thumbs management website.Videos were also made available to accompany some of the recordings.
During this period the band came to the attention of BBC Radio 1 presenters Zane Lowe, Edith Bowman and Jo Whiley as well as BBC Radio 2 presenter Dermot O’Leary who gave them airplay nine months before the album hit number one. The band’s live performance of “Wasted Little DJs” (later to be their first single) featured on Zane’s 8 February 2006 show, alongside established acts The Kooks and Be Your Own Pet. Soon after, tracks from the debut EP began to be played on Radio 1 and other local and national stations. In particular, Jim Gellatly, at Xfm Scotland, featured the band heavily on X-Posure Scotland, his new music show. A live acoustic session was recorded for the show broadcast 3 May 2006.
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