Take in The View

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SOAK up the sound of indie rock at its finest when The View roll into town.

School mates in Dundee, singer/guitarist Falconer, fellow songwriter Webster, guitarist Pete Reilly and drummer Steve Morrison formed the band in 2005.

Within two years they’d torn up stages supporting the likes of Primal Scream and The Babyshambles and released a hugely successful debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers.

That debut fitted the post-Libertines music landscape of the time and the easy thing to do next would have been to stick to the formula.

The View instead made a more challenging and diverse record called Which Bitch?, which ran a gamut from ramshackle folk-punk to sea shanties.

After it, guitar pop-laden Bread And Circuses in 2011.

Now, a year older, and maybe a little wiser, The View are back with new label Cooking Vinyl and a new album, Cheeky For A Reason – recorded in Liverpool with producer Mike Crossey, who has also worked successfully with the Arctic Monkeys and Foals.

Speaking about their records, singer Kyle Flaconer says: “Chart positions? They genuinely don’t mean anything to me. We’ve never been in a band just to be in a band. It’s about creating something together, about keeping the dream alive.”

* The View play Independent, in Sunderland, on December 1. Tickets are priced £14 and are available online from seetickets.com / netickets.com or in person from Hot Rats, in Stockton Road, Sunderland.