As the corpse of the Libertines lay battered and cooling, having thrashed its last (or so we thought), Pete Doherty was, between court appearances, drawing attention to some kindred spirits from north of the border.
The View, a young indie rock band from Dundee, seemed a good fit for Pistol Pete. Bright and energetic with a knack for lively, three-and-half-minute ditties on modern life, Kyle, Kieren, Pete and Steve made a massive impact with their debut record, 2007's 'Hat's Off to the Buskers'. Tracks like 'Same Jeans', 'Superstar Tradesmen' and 'Wasted Little DJs' (complete with baffling backslang chorus) found allies at Radio 1, Xfm and elsewhere, and were all optimistic, colourful indie sing-alongs.
Elsewhere on the record, 'Streetlights' and 'Face for the Radio' were evocative and romantic and, taken alongside the seedier observations of tracks like 'Skag Trendy', painted a full, slightly grubby yet somehow still loving, portrait of life as a young person in noughties' Scotland.
Unlike their prison-bothering Godfather, Doherty, The View managed to chronicle the seedy, sweaty insides of urban existence in modern Britain without being sucked too deeply into its maw. Although subsequent releases haven't quite hit the heights of 'Hats Off to the Buskers', the Dundonians have established themselves as a favourite fixture on the indie circuit and as work on their fourth album continues after a summer of writing, the four Scots have lined-up a handful of December dates in their homeland.
The View's Scotland tour begins at Dunfermline's Glen Pavilion on Saturday 17th December, followed by the Ironworks in Inverness on the 18th and two gigs at the ABC in Glasgow on 19th and 20th December. The final show of the short run is a New Year's Eve gig at the AECC in Aberdeen, as part of Granite Rocks.
We will have tickets for the four headline gigs when they go on sale at 10AM on Friday 14th October, priced £16.50.
Tickets for Granite Rocks, which sees The View and White Lies on the same bill, are available now, priced £40.