A decade has passed since the release of The View’s Hats off to the Buskers, an album that captures a moment in time when indie music dominated the music scene. A lot has changed since then, and though the Scottish four piece progressed to record three more albums, it is clear after meeting them today, that they haven’t strayed too far from their ‘skag trendy’ indie roots. We caught up with lead guitarist Pete Reilly from the band before their London show to talk about their 10th anniversary tour, the limited edition Record Store Day release of Hats off to the Buskers, vinyl collecting and their plans for the future.
You are back on the road now for the 10th anniversary of your debut album, how has it been so far?
Yeah it feels weird! (laughs) We started in the Barrowlands in Glasgow, which is always chaos. Then we are working our way down the country, then back up to finish at the Barrowlands. It has been good so far though most shows are sold out except for a few tickets left in Sheffield. The reactions been good though, aye, I think it’s a nostalgic thing for many people, so a lot of the older fans have been coming too.
Hats off to the Buskers is such a raw album with lots of energy. How has it been playing the old songs again?
Yeah it still feels like we’re 18 years old and bouncing off the walls, y’know what I mean? But because it’s such a strong album, we play a lot of those songs at most of the gigs anyway. At least four or five from that album are always in the setlist. But it’s good to revisit the other ones we don’t play much like Dance into the Night and Claudia, a lot of people won’t have heard them live.
Will you be playing songs from your other albums on this tour?
Yeah, so we’re going to play the full first album which is around 45 minutes, then we’ll come back on and play a little bit with songs from the other albums.
Which tracks from that album do you enjoy playing the most?
Superstar Tradesman. It’s a really raucous track and one of our strongest live. It also sums up what we’re all about, y’know what I mean? When we quit our jobs to get guitars and start a band.
So what triggered the decision for you to do the anniversary tour?
Well after this we’re going to take a bit of time out so it seemed like the perfect way to put a full stop to it for a bit, then we’ll come back and probably do another record.
It has been ten years since the release of your debut album, how would you say the music scene has changed since then?
It’s been on a bit of rollercoaster, the old indie music scene. When we first started, we were getting on the likes of Radio One along with bands like The Pigeon Detectives and The Fratellis, now it’s definitely a bit harder to get daytime radio if you’re a guitar band. A lot of the new guitar bands seem a lot heavier too, like Royal Blood, it seems like that’s what the kids are into these days rather than the jingly jangly indie guitar sound. We’ve always tried to adapt and try new things but that jingly jangly sound is definitely still at our core and the root of our music.
You’ve also brought out a limited vinyl for Record Store Day, is there anything special about this release?
There’s nothing new on the record, just a new cover. We were asked by Record Store Day if we would do a limited edition and for us it was a no brainer as we’re all vinyl junkies anyway. We made 1500 copies and it’s completely sold out, I think we were number four in the vinyl charts that week!
Who is the biggest vinyl junkie in The View?
Keiran probably, he’s right into his rare vinyl and that. I just like collecting all the old Rolling Stones, The Beatles, T Rex and stuff like that. I have a trunk at home full of vinyl that has everything you’ll ever need.
Back to your albums; you’ve worked with some quality producers over the years – Owen Morris (Oasis/The Fratellis/Ash producer) and Albert Hammond Jnr (The Strokes) – do you have any plans to work with others?
There are a lot of great producers out there [who] we’d love to work with. The great thing about working with some like Albert is that he’s such a good musician, it was like having an extra member of the band. We’ve always been into The Strokes so it was really inspiring working with him. Maybe someone like that again, I don’t know, we’re always trying to do something new.
If you could work with anyone on a record whether it was a producer or musician, who would you choose?
Erm, Tony Visconte would good, or Noel Gallagher. Yeah I reckon something good would come out of working with Noel. Actually nah, we’d probably get nothing done. I’d just be pestering him all day about stories, we all such huge fans!
What’s in the pipeline next for The View?
We have a few festivals lined up and we’re doing another tour at the end of the year. After that we’re going to take a break, we’ve been playing and recording for a while now so I think we need to give Britain a break. We’re still selling out shows but I think if we give people a break we’ll be able to come back and do a bigger venue, a monster show, like an arena in Scotland or something. Then probably back into the studio to make more records.
Words by Dean Robinson