Before they were chart-topping festival headliners, The View began their musical career -and sought inspiration for their name- in the backroom of Dundee pub The Bayview Bar. Legend has it lead singer Kyle Falconer was later thrown out for supposedly riding a scooter along the bar whilst drunk. Following a succession of ramshackle local gigs, the band soon moved to local venue The Doghouse to live "monkees style" and begin work on their debut 'Hats Off To the Buskers'. After inking a deal with 1965 Records - owned by James Endicott, the man who signed The Libertines and brought The Strokes to the UK - The View began working with Owen Morris, famed for his production on Oasis' 'Definitely Maybe'. Singles 'Wasted Little DJ's' and 'Same Jeans' instantly connected with a rapid growing local fanbase, with a word-of-mouth buzz sending the band's releases into the top 20 and onto far bigger venues. The group soon went on to tour Japan and the USA, headlining a series of festivals (including a triumphant set at T In The Park following the release of their debut). The four-piece recently returned with 'Which Bitch?' a more expansive follow-up that saw them collaborate with fellow Scot Paolo Nutini and use orchestral instrumentation for the first time. he View are currently trying to save the closure of Dundee venue The Doghouse, and are to return to the venue for a Hometown Benefit show on the 2nd May 2009.
Kyle Falconer , Kieren Webster , Peter Reilly , Steven Morrison