The View -- a Scottish quartet comprised of bassist Kieran Webster, lead guitarist Pete Reilly, lead singer Kyle Falconer, and drummer Steve Morrison -- came together in the band's native Dundee (near Scotland's east coast) in 2005, before any of the bandmates had entered their early twenties. Prior to storming the U.K. with their energetic, scruffy ska-punk and throwback rock, the young bandmates cut their teeth as a cover band. But as of 2007, when they made their heralded U.S. debut at a concert in New York City, those days were far behind them.
One year before the View's American debut, the band had signed with 1965 Records, a label distributed by Columbia and run by James Endeacott (who had worked with similar red-hot acts, from the Strokes to the Libertines). Buzz began to build around the band's promise and peaked with the international release of 2007's Hats Off to the Buskers, a confident debut album that topped the U.K. charts and spawned the hit singles "Superstar Tradesman" and "Wasted Little DJ's." The band's influences were easy to note -- the Clash, Oasis, and the Libertines, among others -- but the View's lyrics remained slightly more mysterious, a product of Falconer's brogue and affinity for Scottishisms. The View's sophomore release, Which B**ch?, arrived nearly two years later, featuring an ambitious sound that found critical approval but failed to generate the sales of its predecessor, as it dropped quickly from the U.K. album charts after its February 2009 release. Two years later, the View returned with Bread and Circuses, produced by Youth. In 2012, the View delivered its fourth studio album, Cheeky for a Reason, featuring the single "How Long." The collection Seven Year Setlist -- so called due to all the tracks being live favorites -- was released in mid-2013.
In 2015, the View announced they were back in the studio, this time with the Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. and Gus Oberg (the Strokes' Angles) handling production duties. The resulting album, Ropewalk, was slated for release in June of that year, but was delayed until September, due to lead singer Falconer's difficulties with an ongoing illness. ~ Tammy La Gorce