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The View - O2 ABC 21/06/2013


"The View ignite their third fire in Glasgow in 10 days"

 

Review by Kimberley Manderson
Posted on 2013-06-25 11:35:01
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The View have been no strangers to Glasgow in the last couple of weeks, with an intimate show in King Tuts on June 12 before their support slot at The Stone Roses gig in Glasgow Green. Yet that hasn’t stalled the demand for tickets at their O2 ABC show as part of their tour with indie club night Propaganda.

A contrast to Glasgow Green, the boys came out to greet the very merry club-goers shortly after 1.30 am. Thundering into the strangely uplifting ‘AB (We Need Treatment)’ taken from 2012’s Cheeky For A Reason, The View were met with appreciative cheers from a lively crowd not so fond of their possessions as full pints, t-shirts and hoodies headed for the stage. By the end of second number ‘Wasted Little DJs’, the stage crew were bricking it, covering the floor with sheets and the like to minimise damage and injury. The View however were quick to shrug this off, knowing their audience well.

Chart hit ‘Grace’ sent the crowd into a fan frenzy; some on shoulders, some creating the closest thing to a moshpit the ABC has seen at a club night. Neither the crowd nor The View lads themselves wavered throughout, both clearly having a grand time. However nobody was complaining when the boys turned it down a notch with ‘The Clock’, giving everybody time to recharge their batteries whilst reminding punters that The View are not just one-trick, catchy-chorus, indie performing monkeys.

One highlight of the night was ‘Superstar Tradesman’ which frontman Kyle Falconer started from the pit before rejoining his bandmates on stage for a brilliant rendition of their early hit. Clearly still humble, the boys were awash with nostalgia during the track, with Falconer, bassist Kieren Webster and guitarist Pete Reilly ending in a group hug.

This effort was only outdone by the band’s massive hit ‘Shock Horror’, which again caused a fan frenzy, and which again saw Falconer wander into the pit. This time, not content with performing while being pawed by fans, Falconer this time took a mic with him and offered the whole front row the chance to each sing the line “I feel sorry for you man”.

With a self-confessed Seven Year Setlist but only a limited set time at Propaganda, The View had to miss out some big hits and fan-favourites such as ‘5 Rebeccas’, ‘Skag Trendy’ and ‘Realisation’ which normally make a live appearance. However there were a couple of left-field numbers like ‘Sunday’ and ‘Happy’ from 2011 album Bread And Circuses which some might think unfitting for a short set if it meant leaving out such tried and tested live hits. Yet it seemed to work well and this, combined with the lack of encore or covers ensures The View are not classed as a predictable live band. The View are on fire indeed.


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