The View | Reasonably Cheeky

theview cheekyBest single at the NME awards 2007—it was a great year for guitar music.

A few years back, an album entitled Hats off to the Buskers made its way into my ears. This made them very happy, as it was a nice jolt of indie pop from a new Scottish band called The View. Fast-forward to 2013, and the joyful foursome is back with Cheeky for a Reason (429 Records). This is a catchy listen at first note, from the jangly guitars to the soaring vocals to the giddy drumbeats.

The band—Kyle Falconer (vocals), Kieren Webster (bass), Peter Reilly (guitar) and Steve Morrison (drums)—is currently in the midst of a six-week U.S. tour—their first-ever club tour in America. Thanks to Webster, here is your chance to get to know The View.

prof the view

You’ve won a lot of awards in your home country. Which one meant the most to you, and why?

Best single at the NME awards 2007—it was a great year for guitar music and we were competing against some amazing bands.

This is your first U.S. club tour. What does that mean to the band? Is it proving to be what you expected?

It means a lot, as we have been waiting a long time to tour the States. It’s everything and more than we expected.

How does the U.S. market/music scene differ from the U.K.?

The current American market seems to be into guitar music, and currently in the U.K., it’s pretty poppy.

Favorite/least favorite thing about touring? (Originality counts!)

Playing shows and meeting fans is the best thing; the least fav is not knowing then next time you’re going to get a shower when you’re on the tour bus.

Don’t overthink this one—craziest fan ever?

A female fan in Japan had painted her nails in the album cover; that the first one that comes to mind.

Frontman Kyle Falconer is on record saying his songwriting process involves getting smashed. Hilarious. What about the performing process—how much alcohol does that entail, and what can we expect?

We’ve grown up over the years and only have a few drinks prior to going on stage. After the show, we still like to party… | Laura Hamlett

 

The View 2003 U.S. Tour
02.28: The Crocodile, Seattle | 03.01: Media Club, Vancouver, BC | 03.02: Dante’s, Portland, OR | 03.05: The Independent, San Francisco | 03.06: The Troubadour, Los Angeles | 03.08: Soda Bar, San Diego | 03.12: The Cambridge Room, Dallas | 03.18: Off Broadway, St. Louis | 03.19: Czar Bar, Kansas City | 03.22: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis | 03.23: Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee | 03.24: The Frequency, Madison | 03.26: Schuba’s Tavern, Chicago | 03.27: Magic Stick Lounge, Detroit | 03.28: The Basement, Columbus, OH | 03.29: Lee’s Palace, Toronto, ON | 03.30: Il Motore, Montreal, QC | 04.02: Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia | 04.03: DC9, Washington, DC | 04.05: Brighton Music Hall, Boston | 04.06: Knitting Factory, Brooklyn | 04.07: Bowery Ballroom, New York City

About Laura Hamlett 467 Articles
Laura Hamlett is the Managing Editor of PLAYBACK:stl. In a past life, she was also a music publicist and band manager. Besides music, books, and other forms of popular culture, she's a fan of the psychology behind true crime and violent criminals. Ask her about mass murder...if you dare.

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