It may have been nearly a decade since The View exploded onto the music scene and put Scottish indie-rock firmly on the map but the quartet are still a magnetic draw for crowds, as proven by how quickly tickets to their three-date run at The Liquid Room this week were snapped up.
Ahead of their fifth studio album, Ropewalk, being released last month, AAA caught up with frontman Kyle Falconer to find out about more about the recording process, why he’s so proud of this album and the reason why getting back out on touring circuit is so important to him.
“We recorded this album in Hamburg with Gus Oberg and Albert Hammond Jr from The Strokes,” revealed Kyle. “Our managers went to see Albert playing at a pub in Camden and he told them he was interested in producing bands so we sent him some songs and we were chuffed when he came back and said he was up for it.
“It was a huge compliment to have Albert and Gus produce the album and we’re really excited about the result. We’ve recorded albums in places like Cornwall, North Wales and London before, but it made sense to meet in the middle and record this one in a secluded place like Hamburg where we wouldn’t be distracted.
really taken us out
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“I would say that this record has really taken us out of our comfort zone. I think it’s our most inventive album yet – we really opened ourselves up to creative possibilities and, thankfully, the vision paid off. We can’t wait to get out there and play it live.”
Ahead of their current UK tour, the band debuted some of their new material to enthusiastic fans at T in the Park and whilst supporting Paolo Nutini at his huge homecoming gig at Bellahouston Park earlier this summer.
“It’s always great to perform with Paolo as we’re good pals. Bellahouston is the biggest solo show he’s done so it’s been good to be a part of him getting to that stage of his career. T is something you just wouldnae worry about to be honest because it’s a dead cert for a good show. It’s a bit weird playing our new stuff as I’m always worried that people might not remember all the parts but we’re all excited to get out on the road again.”
For the Dundee collective, topping the UK charts with their debut album was one thing, but maintaining a successful career without becoming a stereotypical cautionary tale of fame and all its fallouts was something else entirely. Kyle’s personal struggles with drugs and alcohol (which culminated with him being admitted to a rehab facility in Thailand last year) have been well-documented and the frontman is hoping that spending the foreseeable future on the road promoting Ropewalk will help keep him on the straight and narrow.
“We’re going to be working non-stop and I’m really excited for the band to start doing things again,” he explained. “I like touring because when I’m left to my own devices for too long I just get fucked up. We did some bits and bobs over the summer and I tried to keep myself occupied with squash, golf and badminton – but there’s only so much you can do before you end up in the pub with your mates, so I prefer being busy.”
The View, Liquid Room, Victoria Street, Edinburgh, October 4, 5, 6, £17.50, 0131-225 2564
Words: Amy Anderson