The View honour debut with record King Tuts run

The Dundee quartet will play the legendary venue six nights on the trot

THERE are few bands who can claim to have achieved true cult status, but Dundee natives The View have built a following in the past ten years which is best described as fanatical.

Theirs is a peculiar kind of success – since debut album Hats Off To The Buskers shot to number one in 2007, the band have enjoyed little commercial recognition, and are not widely featured in the UK music press.

They have not released any new material since 2015, and front man Kyle Falconer has recently spent time battling his demons at a rehab clinic in Thailand.

And yet, they still inspire a devotion which has resulted in a record six sold-out shows at the world famous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow this week.

The gigs coincide with the ten-year anniversary of the release of their first album, which was spearheaded by singles ‘Wasted Little DJ’s’ and ‘Same Jeans’, both of which still populate playlists at indie club nights across the country.

The fourteen track LP is a snapshot of an era where young, working class boys with guitars, clad in denim jackets and skinny jeans took over the country’s music scene.

Many of the bands who emerged were almost carbon copies of each other, but through a combination of consistency and an under-appreciated ability to adapt their sound, The View have outlasted many of their peers.

Adrian Hunter, the group’s co-manager, says their debut effort still sounds as fresh as it did in 2007.

He said: “It is an album which captured the youthful excitement of a band of young lads who could write great tunes.

“They still play those songs with the same verve as they did when in their teens and that excitement rubs off on the audience.

“Also, quality tunes always stand the test of time.”

Judging by their six King Tut’s shows selling out in a mere twenty minutes, there are plenty who agree with Hunter’s assessment.

Their week long takeover of the venue surpasses a record set by fellow Scottish rockers Idlewild, who played five consecutive shows on its famous stage in 2008.

The busker man: The View's lead singer Kyle Falconer.
The busker man: The View’s lead singer Kyle Falconer.

Hunter says multiple nights at the 300 capacity landmark, as opposed to playing larger venues, was a deliberate statement by the band.

He added: “The small shows were to give people a real sense of the excitement there was when the band first started out and their early gigs were manic.”

Those early gigs are still fondly recalled among their fan-base, and it is clear that their hard-core followers are relishing the opportunity to relive the band at their pulsating best.

Falconer and co. are expected to blast through the entire debut record in full, meaning that fans will be able to hear singles ‘Superstar Tradesman’ and ‘Face For The Radio’, as well as deeper cuts such as ‘The Don’ and ‘Claudia’.

Super-fan Gary More (23) has seen the band over forty times, and has secured tickets to five of the six anniversary shows.

He said: “I’ve been a fan since I was 14, a pal of mine saw them in a pub in Dundee and told me to listen to them – I bought the first album and that was that.

“They’re never really high on the bill at festivals or playing huge headline shows, but they’ll always be my favourite band.”

But why do the band hold such a lasting charm when so many of their indie counterparts have disappeared into obscurity?

Music student Scott Lever (24), who has travelled abroad following the band, thinks that Scotland has taken them to its heart.

He said: “They are home-grown Scottish talent and that’s something that people here are always very supportive of.

“It’s hard to think that Hats Off To the Buskers is ten years old, I still listen to it all the time.

“Their sound has evolved enough over the years to keep each album sounding fresh, and I think that’s something a lot of indie bands never managed.”

It is that kind of fan dedication which has cemented The View as one of the most popular Scottish bands in recent memory, and their continued success points to the enduring appeal of that mid-noughties era where punchy guitar bands ruled the roost.

While it would be easy to dismiss the gigs as an exercise in nostalgia, the bands ability to pack out venues across the country with considerable ease suggests that they are not going away any time soon.

The View will play King Tuts Wah Wah Hut from 19-24 February, before returning to Glasgow at the Barrowlands on 4 May.

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