Tuesday night I saw the much-talked-about Scottish band The View at Mercury Lounge. (Please, no jokes about daytime chat shows.)
Young, enthusiastic, and taking wardrobe cues from the Arctic Monkeys (tight jeans, polos, and tennis sneakers) and hair inspiration from Tom Hank’s high school year book…
The band has an impressive showing in the UK, with their primo single, “Wasted Little DJs” hitting the number 15th spot on the UK charts and co-writer and bassist Kieren being voted as number 6 on NME’s annual “Cool List”. So it’s no surprise that the god-awfully early showcase at 7pm (7:30 showtime) was completely sold out.
Some faithful followers of the band stood off to the side shouting, “THE VIEW ARE ON FIRE!” as the rest of the crowd tried to figure out what the hell the band was saying through their Scottish accents during their inter-song banter. The only part I was able to make out was some bit about how they got into a drinking contest with someone at a bar the night before, and the other person won. Someone from the back of the room shouted, “USA! USA!” and singer Kyle Falconer lit up and exclaimed, “That’s what they started chanting!”
Overall, they failed to impress me in the way that the Arctic Monkeys did when I first heard them, but definitely the highlight was the hit single, “Wasted Little DJs” which instantly made me perk up my ears. But if the hype is to be believed, The View wlll be “the sound of 2007”. And according to the back-seat-blogger in the room, The View sound like a band full of kids who love The Kinks and The Smiths, with a healthy dose of Pete Doherty worship thrown in for good measure. I’m sure 16 year-old British kids love them for their slam-dancing and crowd-surfing soundtrack, but for me they were just OK.
I also have never gotten nor never will get the appeal of The Libertines and Babyshambles, although “Can’t Stand Me Now” is a great song.
Other writings on the night and the night after: The Music Slut, NME, Brooklyn Rocks, Metro Distorition, Brooklyn Vegan, ExtraWack, Sound Bites, Music Snobbery, Gothamist, What Became of the Likely Broads, Brick Woman