Since bursting onto the noughties indie scene in 2007, The View have gained a reputation for raucous, energy-fuelled live sets, and have developed an extensive collection of sing-along indie classics. With the sensational chart-topping debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ celebrating its 10th birthday this year, the band released an exclusive transparent heavy-weight vinyl edition of the record, in association with Record Store Day 2017.
I caught up with lead singer and guitarist Kyle Falconer, ahead of the band’s much anticipated 10-year anniversary tour
Hi, how are you doing today?
So, your forthcoming tour is in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’. What’s changed over the past decade?
Not much really – I mean, I can grow a full beard now but that’s about it.
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How are you feeling about the tour?
Good yeah, I think the main thing is that it’s been 10 years and none of the band are dead yet so it’s a bit of a celebration of that really.
Do you have a favourite track to play live?
Probably ‘Superstar Tradesman’. It’s a good one because the audience tend to join in, gives us a bit of a break from the singing which is always a bonus.
Do you have anything panned for the future?
I don’t know, I’ve got a solo album coming soon but not much planned other than that really.
I believe you have strong links with the festival ‘T in the park’. How did you feel about the news that the festival is ‘taking a break’ this year?
Well, it was always a bit of a Christmas Day for us really. Like a really big deal to be honest. Why not have it? I mean, it’s a really good festival.
If you could jam with any three musicians, living or dead, who would you pick?
Liam Gallagher, Stevie Nicks and Paul McCartney.
What music are you listening to at the moment?
Well I’ve got a new vinyl player, so have got a lot of Beatles records at the moment. I’m starting a bit of a collection, and have a lot of their reissued albums of 180 weight.
Finally, Rangers or Celtic?
Well, I’m not really a football fan, but that other guys in the band are Celtic fans all the way.