Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

View to a Thrill as Band Go

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

View to a Thrill as Band Go

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Byline: SOPHIE HARRIS

INDIE The View Islington Academy

THREE months ago, Dundee four-piece The View were playing tiny college venues. On Friday night, Celebrity Big Brother turn Donny Tourette strode to the front of the queue at a special "intimate" show for XFM prizewinners and guests to join View admirers Carl Barat (ex-Libertines) and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie. Today, The View's debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers has entered the charts at No1.

So how have the band achieved this rush of success? By being one of the most exciting live acts to emerge in years. Friday's show found them pivoting between the first heady thrills of success and the full-on madness of rock stardom.

Already guitarist Pete Reilly has morphed from a shambling kid into a shapethrowing, chest-flashing guitar hero.

While it's fair to say that even if the band were recording Exile On Main Street, drummer Steve Morrison would still be sporting leisurewear, part of The View's appeal is that they're absolutely convinced of their own brilliance. …

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