Wee Scottish indie rockers The View have officially confirmed a brand new headline Irish tour date for 2013. Taking on The Academy 2 in Dublin this coming December 2013, The View return to Ireland promoting their latest collective entitled ‘Seven Year Setlist’. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that The View will be performing live at The Academy 2 in Dublin on Wednesday the 4th of December 2013. Tickets for The View live at The Academy 2 in Dublin are priced from €18.50 including booking fee and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for The View live at The Academy 2 in Dublin this coming December 2013.
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*Please note that The View will also be performing live at the following venues in 2013:
Cyprus Avenue in Cork – Tuesday, December 3rd
The Limelight in Belfast, Northern Ireland – Thursday December 5th
The simple details of their story are these: school mates in Dundee, singer/guitarist Falconer, fellow songwriter Webster, guitarist Pete Reilly and drummer Steve Morrison formed the band in 2005. Discovered by former Rough Trade A&R man James Endeacott, The View signed to his label 1965 Records, part of Sony BMG group, and within two years they’d torn up stages supporting the likes of Primal Scream and Babyshambles and released a hugely successful, Mercury-nominated, no 1 debut album, ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ which spawned hits including ‘Same Jeans’, ‘Superstar Tradesman’, ‘The Don’, ‘Skag Trendy’, ‘Face for The Radio’ and the NME Best Track of the Year, ‘Wasted Little DJs’.
That debut fitted the post-Libertines music landscape of the time. The easy thing to do next would have been to stick to the formula. The View instead made a more challenging and diverse second record called ‘Which Bitch?’, which ran a gamut from ramshackle folk-punk to sea shanties.
Released in February 2009, ‘Which Bitch?’ went Top 5 in the UK Charts and was seen as an ambitious record from The View, it was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and produced by the acclaimed Owen Morris (Oasis/The Verve), who worked on their platinum selling debut album ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’. Singles ‘Shock Horror’ and ‘5 Rebeccas’ soon became staple songs in their live sets when they completed a ‘Back To Basics’ 36 date tour of the UK.
After it, came the slick, sophisticated guitar pop of 2011’s ‘Bread And Circuses’. Overseen by producer Youth (The Verve’s ‘Urban Hymns’), this album saw The View decamp to London’s Britannia Studios for the first time with a whole batch of songs ready to go. “Youth had us recording strictly 11am-11pm,” says vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Kyle Falconer. ‘Sunday’ was released as a free download for fans before the first full single release of ‘Grace’, one of The View’s finest moments – other highlights on the 13-track album were ‘Tragic Magic’ and ‘Underneath the Lights’ and ‘Life’, an epic, orchestral ballad with the string arrangement coming courtesy of the London Royal Philharmonic. A song dedicated to Kyle’s mum just before she passed away.
‘Which Bitch?’ and ‘Bread and Circuses’ – both great records – were slightly overlooked and soon after the band parted ways with their record company and saw them sign to a new label Cooking Vinyl. The band a year older, and maybe a little wiser, returned last year with their fourth studio album, Cheeky For A Reason – recorded in Liverpool with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals) and arguably the best thing they’ve done. The Top 10 album received numerous glowing reviews (including 4* Q Review) – some of the best of the band’s career so far – and also saw them winning Best Album 2012 at the Sunday Mail’s Great Scotland Awards and Album of the Year 2012 at The Scottish Music Awards. First single and opening track ‘How Long’, was accompanied by a video starring Red Road / A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints actor Martin Compston.
Following the success of ‘Cheeky For A Reason’, it also saw The View return to the US for the first time since 2007, they completed their first full North American coast-to-coast tour, which included a sold-out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom, a date at famous Los Angeles venue The Troubadour and a set at SXSW.
Kyle, Kieren, Pete & Steve wanted to create a setlist album – all the tracks they enjoy playing live and a recap for the territories that they are now touring having missed out previously due to visa issues. The four new songs ‘Kill Kyle’, ‘Dirty Magazine’, ‘Tight Hopes’ and ‘Standard’ reunited the boys with producer Owen Morris. Add these into an album that includes ‘Wasted Little DJ’s’, ‘Same Jeans’, ‘Shock Horror’, ‘How Long’, ‘Superstar Tradesman’, ‘The Don’ and you’ve got a brilliant collection of music from one of Britain’s best indie/punk bands.
The View also support the legendary Stone Roses in front of 50,000 people on Glasgow Green on June 15th 2013, as well as doing two intimate homecoming shows at Dundee’s 20 Rocks venue (May 9th and 10th), plus a host of live festival appearances including T In The Park..
“Over the years there’s been four studio albums, thousands of gigs, way too much vodka but loads of memories on this crazy journey,” says vocalist / guitarist Kyle Falconer. “So we wanted to create an album that was kinda like stopping and looking back over the years plus we’ve written a few new tracks too. That’s the Seven Year Setlist.”
‘Seven Year Setlist’ is out now.
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