It's been five years since The View burst onto the scene with their debut album, Hats Off to the Buskers, took the charts and the magazine covers of the music press by storm. It topped the UK chart, turned Platinum and spawned five hit singles, including the No 3 hit Same Jeans.
The album's lead single, the wonderfully catchy Wasted Little DJs, was voted Best Track of the Year at the 2007 NME Awards and The View seemed set fair. But the mantle of Indie's Next Big Thing weighed heavy on Kyle, Kieren, Pete and Steven. The last two singles from Hats Off to the Buskers did not chart so well, failing to break the Top 30, and their 2007 tour of the US had to be cancelled after lead singer Kyle was convicted of a drugs offence.
But The View's reputation for radio-friendly missives about modern life in Dundee was set and, live, the foursome have continued to thrill fans and collect excellent reviews. Their third album was belatedly issued around a year ago but a fourth is already in production, with a release anticipated as soon as this summer. To coincide with a new tour, in fact.
The View kick off their summer with a slot at Rockness 2012 on Saturday 9th June 2012, followed by a short UK tour which includes shows in Oxford, Brighton, Southsea, London, Cambridge, Manchester and Newcastle.
Tickets go on sale Friday 30th March, all priced from £14 (£16.50 for London).