Band have view to con­quer the US charts

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - MUSIC SCENE - By Sean Wal­lace

THE View singer Kyle Fal­coner in­sists the band’s bad-boy rep­u­ta­tion has been blown out of pro­por­tion. Since their for­ma­tion in 2006, The View have been dogged by scan­dal. That reached a peak when Kyle re­ceived a drugs con­vic­tion four years ago. And with third al­bum Bread and Cir­cuses, pic­tured, re­cently re­leased, the singer be­lieves their mu­sic has been over­shad­owed by their rep­u­ta­tion. Kyle, who plays The Mu­sic Hall with The View on Tues­day, said: “We have been treated un­fairly by a lot of peo­ple. “Ev­ery­one thinks that we are al­ways in trou­ble but that is not true. Just be­cause we are in the charts it is high­lighted far more. “And that has maybe taken away from how peo­ple see our mu­sic. “Hope­fully that will change with the new al­bum.” The band’s 2006 de­but al­bum Hats Off To The Buskers spawned hit sin­gle Same Jeans, that was one of the an­thems of 2007. But The View were un­able to break the lu­cra­tive Amer­i­can mar­ket due to that drugs con­vic­tion for Kyle, which led to him be­ing de­nied a work per­mit to tour Amer­ica. How­ever last month he was fi­nally granted a visa. Kyle said: “The US visa fi­nally came through. “I re­ceived the phone call re­cently af­ter wait­ing for three-and-a-half years. “I’ve been work­ing hard and cleaned up my act over the last few years. “I have also stayed out of trou­ble so it is wellde­served. “Now we can­not wait to play Amer­ica.” The View were formed around a cover band at Dundee. They quickly de­vel­oped from play­ing cov­ers to writ­ing their own ma­te­rial. Kyle said: “Since hav­ing some suc­cess, life has not changed that much for us. “We are all pretty much the same and the only thing it means is that we nowhave an in­come from mu­sic. “Now we are play­ing gigs all the time and get­ting paid for it which is all we ever wanted to do. “The new al­bum is an­other step for­ward for us. “Ev­ery­one in the band has done their own bit in the record­ing. “We will each write a bit and then mix it to­gether. Some­how it all comes to­gether. It’s crazy, but thank­fully it works.”

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