|Marrying the forked tongue wit and guttersnipe humor of The Libertines with the melodic nous of The Buzzcocks and Oasis, The View – one of the latest groups from the UK to be touted as “the next big thing” – are bringing their infectious sounds to Australia for the 2009/2010 festival season.
The Scottish band have been making music since the four members met in school in Dundee, and progressed quickly from gigs at caravan parks and family weddings to the international rock ‘n’ roll stage.
Before an appearance by Babyshambles in Dundee the band busked for Pete Doherty, who was impressed and offered them a support slot for his band’s show later that night. Several months later, Doherty again asked The View to support his band, this time on a national tour. This opportunity, plus the release of their 2006 EP The View and a free demo album, gave the group substantial exposure and garnered them an ever-growing fan base.
In the second half of 2006, they released the singles, ‘Wasted Little DJs’ and ‘Superstar Tradesman’. Both of these singles reached #15 in the UK singles chart. ‘Wasted Little DJs’ was voted Best Track of the year at the annual NME Awards 2007. Their next single, ‘Same Jeans’, hit the number three spot in January 2007.
The album, Hats Off to the Buskers, was released in 2007 and entered the UK Album Chart at #1 before being nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Sophomore album Which Bitch? was released early 2009 reaching #4 in UK charts, with radio singles ‘5Rebbeccas’ and ‘Shock Horror’.
2rd January 2010 – The Hi-Fi Melbourne
4th January 2010 – The Hi-Fi Brisbane
5th January 2010 – Metro Theatre Sydney