Thursday, April 12, 2007

Superstar Tradesman

The second in an occasional series of extracts from Cat's column...

There have been a spate of Next Big Things to come out of Scotland of late. The Fratellis, Sandi Thom and Paulo Nutini to name a few. But the next and biggest thing has to be The View, surely due an award for going from zero to hero in the shortest time possible.

Darlings of the media and the public alike, The View are worth the watching. And watch them I did, at the Music Hall on Wednesday 11th April. Support came from the Towers of London, fronted by the belligerent Donny Tourette, last seen escaping over the fence in the Big Brother house. His attitude wasn't well received by the good folks of Aberdeen, and he exited stage right to a chorus of boos and a shower of beer. At least I hope it was beer...

The View came on stage at around 10pm to an uproarious welcome, and played their way through most of their debut album - Hats off to the Buskers. The crowd bounced in time, chanting along with abandon. Hit tunes Wasted Little DJs and Same Jeans brought the house down, and the new single The Don was well received. In contrast to the upbeat numbers - which, let's face it, comprise most of the band's repertoire -
the slower Face for Radio provided a welcome change of tempo. Lead singer Kyle Falconer engaged the crowd with snippets of conversation between numbers, and while the audience roared their appreciation, one wonders if anyone actually understood what he said. I certainly didn't.

As with any relatively new band, the range of material was fairly limited, and consequently, the set was shorter than anyone would have liked. The band exited to rapturous applause after encoring with a cover of Squeeze's Up the Junction, followed by hit single Superstar Tradesman leaving the audience happy but wanting more - a winning combination.

If I had one criticism of the evening, it would be that the crowd were a little too enthusiastic. At one stage, security halted the gig because people were being trampled underfoot. Perhaps I'm just getting old and that's rock and roll nowadays. Either way, a thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all, and The View proved nicely that there's far more to come out of Dundee than just jute, jam and journalism.

Superstar Tradesman - The View


4 Discussions:

Blogger Julie Midas said...

Hmmm... the 'joy' of the enthusiastic crowd. I have tickets for Arctic Monkeys in Birmingham next week and I'm beginning to wonder if it's a good idea, given my somewhat advanced age!

12:00 PM  
Blogger LB said...

I have rarely been as disappointed with an album as I was when
hearing the View's effort.

I thought it was really, really average (at best).

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can never quite decide whether seeing an individual band live like the View who I saw earlier this year and really like is actually better than experiencing a festival like Leeds and seeing several of my favourite bands one after another. Also, reading your blog i've noticed that you're a regular blogger and thought i'd recommend this UK blog site. Thanks...

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rather you than me, luv. Can't bleeding stand The View! :)

8:24 PM  

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