Scottish indie rockers The View are back after a three-year break with a new album, Ropewalk, although the release was delayed after frontman Kyle Falconer was said to be ill.
Luckily, he’s recovered and the Dundee band stop off at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea, on Thursday, September 24.
‘I went into rehab in Thailand, it wasn’t a big deal,’ explains Kyle. ‘I’ve calmed down a wee bit. I’ve taken advice. I still like to live the rock and roll lifestyle but I’m fine.’
This year also marks 10 years of The View
‘It feels longer... actually it is longer,’ says Kyle. ‘It’s only 10 years since we got signed, we’ve all been in the same band since we were 13 or 14 and I’m 28 now. Everybody’s been saying it’s 10 years because it’s something to hang things on, everybody can make their mark on it. I still genuinely think we’ve got something special.’
The new album sees the band tinker with their sound, but Kyle doesn’t think it’ll scare the fans off – and they’ll still be playing old favourites like Same Jeans.
‘Everything was initially sounding a wee bit different – and it does on the album – but since we’ve been playing them live they sound more like The View. When you see the vastness of how big a song can be, you think let’s record it like that. But now we’ve played them live they’ve speeded up.’
Tickets cost £14. Doors 8pm. Go to .wedgewood-rooms.co.uk