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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: The View / Import / Audio CD released 2007-05-28 at BMG Japan

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      13.07.2009 11:20
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      A good listen

      Whilst waiting for the most recent The View album to be added to the list of reviewable items, I thought I'd go a little bit off track and give The View's debut "Hats Off to the Buskers" a spin.

      With so many indie bands in the UK, it's sometimes hard to know where to start when looking for good ones and the whole genre can become pretty tiresome, that isn't to say that there aren't still some good bands though. Prior to this my favourite Dundee band was now extinct horror punk band Dirty Wee Middens, these guys certainly come close there with their upbeat, raucuous garage like sound. Gate crashing guitars smash into the party whilst the slur heavy vocals are almost inaudible at times but give off a distinct loose rock n roll aura.

      There are times though (Superstar Tradesman for instance) where the vocals are clean and easy to understand, this is typical of the band's slower songs which incidentally are very well placed in the album to give you a little breather from the faster-paced tunes. The band can sound rather brash at times, some may even say chaotic (Wasted Little) but I think that this burst of energy makes a pleasant change at a time when indie bands have as much umph as a choir for docile midgets.

      I personally rate the drumming very highly, Steven Morrisson really gives it some welly on a lot of the tracks but can also hold back with equal aplomb. As far as indie music goes, this really is pretty good. The band also manage to sneak in a bit of wittyness (Same Jeans and Wasted Little Djs) which brings cheeriness to the album.

      1 Coming Down
      2 Superstar Tradesman
      3 Same Jeans
      4 Dont Tell Me...
      5 Skay Trenchy
      6 Don
      7 Face for the Radio
      8 Wasted Little DJS
      9 Grans for Tea
      10 Dance into the Night
      11 Claudia
      12 Street Lights
      13 Wasteband
      14 Typical Time
      15 Posh Boys [*]
      16 Skay Trenchy [Live][*]
      17 Same Jeans [Live][*]

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      05.07.2009 20:49
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      debut album from dundee quartet

      From Oasis's "Definitely Maybe" to "Word gets Around" by the stereophonics and Wet Wet Wet's "Popped In Souled OutI" have always liked band's debut albums. I find them raw , enthusiastic and aspirational but at the same time down to earth and easy to relate to. To add to my list is "Hats off to the Buskers the Mercury nominated debut by by Dundonian quartet the View.

      The View are a young indie band who hail from the Dundee district of Dryburgh. There music is rooted in their background with lead singer Kyle Falconer's vocals proudly displaying the Dundonian burr, which is a pleasure to listen to. I really like regional accents in music and think there should be more of them although at times they can be hard to understand. "Hat's off to the Buskers" is produced by Owen Morris, who also produced Oasis and The Verve , was released in January 2007. Its is an album full of three minute slices of sunny guitar driven indite mixed with a bit of folk and some angrier punk inspired numbers.

      The album bursts into life from the first squall of feedback heralding "Coming Down", an energetic song evoking the golden era of punk circa late 1970s. It's certainly a statesmen of intent with its semi shouted vocals, dirty guitars and a chugging bass line that give the song a real raw energy and excitement. Its the sound of a young band experimenting and having fun.

      The View do punk but they can also do very good catchy pop songs with sing along choruses and thought provoking lyrics. Superstar Tradesman with its chiming guitar riff is a song about doing what you want and following our dreams rather than doing what your parents want to do even if that might be more profitable or secure. "Ssuperstar Tradesman stand at the bar, get a trade son you'll go far" Kyle sings rolling his rs like a trooper. . On this track alongside others his vocals sort of remind me of Kelly Jones from the Stereophonics.

      From one catchy slice of indie pop rock to another "Same Jeans" a song about being scruffy and trying not to be an embarrassment is probably the View's most famous song. mid paced with a nice harmonica riff and a chorus reminiscent of Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha". I especially love the ending live when the song is speed ed up and goes a bit frantic as the cymbals are crashed and the guitar gets more manic.

      Some songs are more immediate than others. I really was not keen "Skag Trendy" at first as it was totally different from the rest of the album but it has grown on me since but it is certainly a challenging song compared to the more radio friendly stuff. "Skag Trendy" is a character based story song about a young lad rejected by his parents and his girlfriend due to a drug problem and is wasting his life away. This song is his cry for help. On first listen all I could hear was a stream of incomprehensible yodeling and chanted broad Dundonian performed at various speeds throughout the song although the distinctive bass introduction is very good. On subsequent listens I began to apprentice the story telling aspects to the song with the different voices of the narrator and Master Skag Trendy himself, as part of th song is sung quite melodically which contrasts with the harsher spoken vocals.

      . "The Don" has a lot in common thematically with "Skag Trendy". Its about another outcast character this time a lonely studious boy doing piano lessons whilst his peers are "hanging round the shop and stealing milk bottles".. Musically it is completely different, its more melodic and listenable than "Skag Trendy" . It has a nice jaunty feel to it with its guitar and bass lines bouncing along. It has a an upbeat cheery feel to it turning into an indie rock song towards the end.

      Another song another style, as the pace is brought right down for tone of my favourite songs on the album "Face for the Radio". It's a sunny acoustic number with pretty melodies and harmonious backing vocals backed by a acoustic guitar. Kyle's vocals sound purer, sweet and more conventional as the Dundonain brogue seems to have faded on this number. I love it as it is so pretty and simple. It reminds me of some of the early Stereophonics songs. Its a breath of fresh air before we get back to the rock and roll influences of "Wasted Little DJs"



      "Wasted Little DJ s" was the first song I heard by the View and its a good one. The song berates trendy hangers on such as DJs only into something because its cool and not because they are fans and plays tribute to the Libertines. Its also strongly punk influenced with angry guitar which would not sound out of place on a Sex Pistols track.

      "Gran's for Tea" gets the prize for the most domestic song title since "Mum's Gone to Iceland" by one hit wonders Bennett. "hat's off the Busker's" is full of these little glimpses of ordinary life from "signing on the brew (the dole)" to "Mile length queues at th chippy" and references to places in Dundee such as "house in the Ferry (Broughty Ferry the posh area of Dundee)". Its place specific but there are also themes you can relate to.

      The next two tracks "Dance into the Night" and Claudia hark back to the days of rock and roll. I even think "Dance Into the Night" has a touch of skiffle thrown into the mix. Claudia is a laid back mid paced number with a definite older feel to it due to the guitar work

      We go forward twenty years to the early 80s for the "Wasteland. It has a heavily distorted and warped introduction morphing into a ska based song about unemployment surly influenced by the Specials with at times a very angry hostile feel to it.

      One last short song and one last change of styles. At under a minute "typical time is a quirky little folk number with jaunty harmonicaa and humorous lyrics rounds the album up very nicely.

      It's not hats off to the buskers but hats off to the View. Hat's Off to the Buskers shows great promise with its mix of pop, punk rock and hints of ska and folk added to by Falconer's distinctive Dundonian brogue. I look forward to hearing subsequent releases and seeing if they can build ion their debut without loosing their identity and sound.

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        26.05.2009 17:45

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        If you love Indie bands, this is for you!

        Hats off to the Buskers the Debue Album from 'The View'.

        Nice little Indie Band from Scotland, this is a very good album with some classic songs.
        Their debure single Wasted Little DJs is an absolute classic, with a strong rythem and fast paced beat. Superstar tradesman continues in the same vain, some great lyrics and a catchy rythem. Probably the most well known song on the album is the stick in your head 'Same jeans'. This shows what the band are capeable of.

        A few other great songs on there, 'Face for the radio' is a lovely song that shows another side of the band.

        These are never going to be world beaters in my opinion, but with this debue have definately caused a stir in the indie world. Plenty on this album, to keep you interested and while there are some songs on there I would describe as weak, overall its a good solid well balanced album!

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        12.02.2008 19:38
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        The 2007 album 'Hats Off To The Buskers' from The View is definitely worth a listen.

        The View are a Scottish Indie Rock band hailing from Dundee. They have been together since 2005 and are currently signed to the Sony BMG subsidiary label 1965 Records. To date this is their only studio album, however they are set to release a second at some stage in 2008. The album hit Number 1 in the album charts and also contains the Number 3 hit single 'Same Jeans' which I personally am a huge fan of.

        In the music of The View, their Scottish vocals come through extremely heavily and at times this makes it extremely hard to figure out exactly what the band are saying. It is just such a thick accent, and when sung with the slur that the vocalist utilises, making out the lyrics can at times be an extremely difficult process. This in no way detracts from the enjoyment that can be gained from listening to this album, and I actually thoroughly enjoy the vast majority of tracks that are present on this album. It actually makes listening to the album a little more fun, as working out the lyrics can become quite an amusing guessing game, one that could potentially provide you with hours of entertainment.

        'Same Jeans' is probably my favourite track from this album, there is good reason why it was such an overwhelming success for the band, and that's down to the intensely catchy nature of this little number. It is difficult to listen to this one without tapping your feet along to the beat, and singing along to the chorus to your hearts content. The drum work is fantastic throughout and some great guitar work makes for an all round enjoyable track that people will no doubt be listening to for years to come. Tracks like these get played on the radio time and time again and quality of this level is extremely hard to come by.

        Elsewhere on the album, there are several other tracks that stand out to me as highlights. 'Wasteland' for example is an angry little track which has a very Libertines feel about it. When I first listened to the album I wasn't expecting to hear anything of this sort, but it is one that definitely impressed me greatly and had a largely long lasting effect on me. I love the attitude that the band show in 'Wasteland', something that they do not really do at any other point in the album which is a shame really as I feel that if the band forefronted this sound a little more then their album could well have been a lot better than it is. It would certainly be different, that's for sure. 'Superstar Tradesman' is another track from the band that I am a great admirer of. It was a Top 20 single, and with its Libertines guitars and terrific vocal drawl, it definitely deserves to have been so.

        One criticism I will level against this band is that at times it sounds like they're trying a little too hard to sound like other bands. There are elements of the Libertines, The Kooks and even Arctic Monkeys that come through in their sound and sometimes it just seems like the band are trying to mimic the music of successful artists that are already out there in the world. I don't like it when bands do this as they should really concentrate on creating and perfecting their own sound rather than regurgitating that of others, however a lot of the time The View do sound good in doing what they do so perhaps it is not too bad a thing that they are using other bands as their template, it's just a little lazy.

        Despite my annoyance with the blatant plagiarism of The View here, I would still recommend you listen to this album as it really isn't at all a bad one. Originality may not be their forte, but the sound they are creating is enjoyable to listen to nonetheless and their 'Hats Off To The Buskers' album is therefore one that I would urge you not to avoid. Obviously if you're not much of a fan of the Scottish accent then this isn't going to be one for you as this is something which is extremely prevalent in the music of The View and can hardly be missed when listening to this album. The View are a decent band, and when they release their second album later this year we will soon see whether it proves to be a sophomore slump or whether they carry on where they left off and continue to be extremely successful.

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          08.02.2008 18:02
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          impressive, very impressive

          The Tracklist
          1. Comin' Down - 7 (out of 10)
          2. Superstar Tradesman - 9
          3. Same Jeans - 7
          4. Don't Tell Me - 6
          5. Skag Trendy - 8
          6. The Don - 8
          7. Face for the Radio - 7
          8. Wasted Little DJs - 10
          9. Gran's for Tea - 5
          10. Dance Into the Night - 5
          11. Claudia - 8
          12. Street Lights - 4
          13. Wasteland - 4
          14. Typical Time - 5

          The Review

          This scottish foursome from Dundee had been in and around the ever-growing british indie circuit for a while before this effort. Support slots with the infamous babyshambles and likewise primal scream have put this band in the hearts of many a scottish working class hero. Drinking and drugging their way through the urban Scottish wastelands with this debut, they look set to dawn a new age of punk fledged pop. Tramp-chic for the masses.

          Gatecrashing your living room is opening track 'Coming Down', with its raw and ragged belches of guitar and vocal lead by frontman Kyle Falconer and his celtic yelps of 'yawwwha' and 'waaaaha'. Then, just when you thought you were set for a slice of stodgy (but tasty) meat pie, you're forced to digest 6 packets of worthers originals. In other words, even youre grandad will like these next couple of tracks.

          This new chapter begins with 'superstar tradesman', one of the best songs of 2006. The view manage to blast off into a blaze of glam pop and girdband handclap, combining catchy twangly riffs with aspirational lyrics like 'What would you do if I asked you to sail away with me'. Kyle sounds as if he's wailing for all Scotland, desperate for escape and adventure.

          From here 'Hats Off to the buskers' continues where it left off, with 'Same Jeans', their best known effort. Wrapped up in tuneful guitar pop with the kind of sentiments you'd only ever think of to write as a teen, aimless observations give this album a british edge. Who else could write a song called 'Gran's For Tea' or sing an entire chorus in a strange, shouty form of pig latin?

          As if the band had just engulfed 10g of deep fried amphetamins, 'The Don' then begins. Parrading back and forth, with its jittery hook and reminiscent lyrics ("what we loved most of all was hanging round the shop"), it has elements of Chas and Dave to it.

          "Astedwae ittlae ejaysdae!!" kyle then wails, to the backdrop of another great song (wasted little djs), combining the rawness of 'coming down' with the sing-a-long strums of track two. From here the band then drifts into a stream of unconsciousness as they get lost in all the music. By cramming 14 tracks into a mere 40 minutes it was obvious that at some point they'd get bored of recording and head for the pub. By the bog-standardness of 'Dance ino the Night' and 'Street Lights' its clear they obviously did. But fair play to them I say!

          Although 'hats off' is as untidy and unorganised as the bedrooms of the fans they preach to, they've still done enough to impress. With their small town-escapism and british melodicism they should last a bit longer on the music scene than most the indie muskateers tend to. Lets all prey they have more shelf life than a slice of dundee cake. But even if they don't, lets make sure to enjoy it while they last.

          (also on helium as jac22 and epinions. carneypingu ciao)

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 Coming Down
          2 Superstar Tradesman
          3 Same Jeans
          4 Dont Tell Me...
          5 Skay Trenchy
          6 Don
          7 Face for the Radio
          8 Wasted Little DJS
          9 Grans for Tea
          10 Dance into the Night
          11 Claudia
          12 Street Lights
          13 Wasteband
          14 Typical Time
          15 Posh Boys [*]
          16 Skay Trenchy [Live][*]
          17 Same Jeans [Live][*]