New songs prove band have a good future ahead
THE last time Kyle Falconer was in Bristol was in 2010 with Mark Ronson, when the DJ and trumpet troubler set up camp in Rise music shop on the Triangle to man the tills and sign copies of his new album.
Falconer looked sheepish and a bit overawed to be part of Ronson's Business International, a motley crew of collaborators, but The Bike Song featuring Falconer's vocals was one of the best on The Record Collection.
Returning to Bristol with his usual band The View, Falconer looked far more comfortable in his own skin and big hair.
Touring to promote their upcoming album Cheeky for a Reason, an aptly titled record for a band that formed while still at school in Dundee and have got into numerous scrapes in their short career, their set at a packed Fleece was a mixture of old and new. They were accompanied by the customary chat from Falconer and cohorts, with scarcely a word understood due to their thick Scottish accents.
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Opening song Comin' Down was also the first song from their debut album Hats off to the Buskers, and its energy was a good indicator of what was to come. Their best known songs were saved for the end, with a particular highlight being Same Jeans, with its catchy guitar and harmonica.
Superstar Tradesman is also The View at their finest and this song was greeted with one of the biggest receptions of the night as soon as its recognisable chords began. By the sound of some of the new songs, the future bodes well for The View.