Friday, February 9, 2007

That'll be the View, then.

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see young Scots The View when they showed up at Spaceland in Silver Lake; they were gangly boys with too much hair who looked about five years younger than their 18-20 range, and their accents were a mess, just a mess. They didn't have enough material to bother with an encore, and they apologetically refused to drink with the audience because they were underage in the US. Sounds sweet, no?

Anyway, debut Hats off to the Buskers isn't yet out in the US and won't be until March, but it's been available in the UK since Jan. 22 and the group's on a world tour to give some of us our fill in the meantime. I've grown massively addicted to "Skag Trendy" (sung rather creatively by the painfully adorable Kieran Webster), and have additionally discovered this View fan site, which holds a full crop of demos from the band's album. Here are my two favorite tracks from the album, demo-style.

Tour Dates (copied from their site and retaining the European date format, 'cause I'm too lazy to change each date to an American style format) :

10.02.07 - Cardiff, Cardiff University
11.02.07 - Sheffield, Octagon
12.02.07 - Reading, Hexagon
14.02.07 - Nottingham, Rock City
15.02.07 - Liverpool, Liverpool University
16.02.07 - Southampton, Guildhall
18.02.07 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
19.02.07 - Exeter, Exeter University
20.02.07 - Bristol, Academy
23.02.07 - London, Brixton Academy
24.02.07 - Colgone, Prime Club
25.02.07 - Berlin, Postbahnhof
26.02.07 - Munich, Atomic
03.03.07 - Brooklyn, NY, Luna Lounge
05.03.07 - Toronto, ON, Lee's Palace
07.03.07 - Chicago, IL, Schuba's
09.03.07 - Seattle, WA, Crocodile Cafe
11.03.07 - San Francisco, CA, Slim's
13.03.07 - Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
20.03.07 - New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
22.03.07 - Cambridge, MA, T.T. The Bears
11.04.07 - Aberdeen, Music Hall
12.04.07 - Glasgow, Barrowlands
13.04.07 - Newcastle, Academy
14.04.07 - Leeds, University
15.04.07 - Liverpool, Carling Academy
17.04.07 - Birmingham, Academy
18.04.07 - Bristol, Academy
19.04.07 - Southampton, Guild Hall
20.04.07 - Norwich, UEA
21.04.07 - London, Forum

Edit (2.13.07): According to Prefix, the boys are having trouble getting over the pond and have to postpone the North American part of their tour. Additionally, the US release of Hats Off to the Buskers is now being pushed back to May 8. Damn damn damn.

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