The View Biography
The last gang in town spirit comes across in their brilliantly bombastic debut album Hats Off To The Buskers - 14 songs bursting with scrappy, swaggering teen spirit - to be released on 1965/Columbia Records on March 13th. Produced by Owen Morris (producer of the Verve's Northern Soul and Oasis' Definitely Maybe) it was recorded in rural Yorkshire in two weeks in May of 2006.
Signed by fledgling UK label 1965 Records by its founder James Endeacott (renowned in Britain for discovering The Libertines for Rough Trade) they hit the ground running when music lovers around the country fell for the charms of debut single "Wasted Little DJs". Described as "a joyous slice of pop punk" by the Times of London it found a welcome home on British radio despite the fact that the band had barely played outside of their hometown. Upon release it entered the UK pop singles charts at #15, taking everyone - band and label included - by complete surprise. Part of its curious genius is perhaps the unintelligible chorus which is sung in the coded vernacular of the band's friends. The follow-up single "Superstar Tradesman" did equally well, hitting the #15 spot immediately upon release, providing a further breath of fresh air to mainstream pop radio. America can see what all the fuss is about January when "Wasted Little DJs" goes to radio here.
Like many punk rock classics "Same Jeans" and "Grans For Tea" document the banality of adolescent life in a small city; but The View add a frothy sense of fun and tongue-in-cheek humor. Stand out tracks like "Claudia" and "Face For The Radio" showcase their gentler side. With an impressive knack for writing perfect pop songs, The View take the classic teen punk sensibilities of bands like The Undertones and The Jam and apply their own unique energy, wit and, of course, thick Scottish brogue.