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Hats off to the Buskers, the much-hyped debut from the much-hyped Scottish band the View, comes by its breathless plaudits honestly: this is first-class crunchy guitar rock with singable melodies and heaps of attitude. Kyle Falconer and company aren't breaking any new ground here — stylistically, the band has a lot in common with fellow U.K. rock hounds the Libertines — but they bring a kickiness and energy to songs like "Superstar Tradesman" and "Same Jeans" that causes a genuine musical jolt, the kind you wouldn't want to miss if you've previously surrendered thrills to bands like Arctic Monkeys. "Skag Trendy," "Gran's for Tea" and several other tracks say great mouthfuls about the View's commitment to keeping it real — they're kids from Scotland with Scottish-kid stories to tell — but in a way that's more endearing than alienating. Standouts on a disc you'll want to play eardrum-dentingly loud include the rollicking "Wasted Little DJs," the hard-hitting but playful opener "Comin' Down" and the ska-circling "The Don."

Biography

Formed: 2005 in Dundee, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock, Britpop, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: 20 January 2007
  • Parental Advisory

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