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The View. (SUBMITTED)
Indie favorites in their native Britain, The View from Dundee, Scotland, are currently in North America to promote their fourth album, Cheeky for a Reason. Prior to the group’s show Friday night at the Media Club, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with lead guitarist Pete Reilly.
24: When you look at descriptions of your band, there are references to everything from pop punk to folk. How do you describe your sound?
PR: We’re really a bit of everything just about and don’t want to pigeonhole ourselves with one style of music. When we’re in the studio, whatever comes out comes out. It doesn’t have to be punk. It doesn’t have to be pop – whatever.
24: Do all of you have similar influences in music?
PR: We all have like four or five bands that we all agree upon and then it kind of goes from there. We all agree on The Beatles, the Stones and the Clash and then influences like Fleetwood Mac — then all of our musical tastes go from there.
24: I understand you all knew each other from high school. Were you musically inclined early on?
PR: Kyle Falconer (singer) comes from a musical background and (bassist) Kieren Webster’s dad is musical, but basically when we were 14 we just decided to start playing guitars and got quite good at it. That was basically it.
24: What was the point when you realized that you weren’t just good at it but you could also make a living at it?
PR: When we were 15 we were getting paid and to be in a pub and making money for it was for us, like ‘Here we go!’ That worked for us.
24: Did you have a thought back then that one day you’d be touring the world doing this?
PR: Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that we’d be touring America and playing in Canada and throughout Europe and any of these places we’ve been playing. We obviously never thought of that when we were young, but as we got signed and started becoming bigger and bigger we saw that this was going someplace.
24: How have you found people respond to you as you venture beyond your native Scotland?
PR: This American tour and the Canadian leg is actually the first time we’ve properly toured. When we went through Europe and Brazil and Japan and found people were singing the words to our songs, we thought that was crazy being four young guys from Dundee, Scotland. It was quite weird to see that well on the other side of the world.
24: And what is it like for you now in Scotland? Are you guys a really big deal over there?
PR: Not to be big-headed but when we play anyplace in Scotland it’s crazy.
24: When you were growing up, what was Scotland’s big musical thing?
PR: When we were growing up, probably Primal Scream and Travis were quite big as well.
24: Being relatively young, what’s that like to see a song of yours hit the top of the charts?
PR: It’s just unbelievable. It’s like winning the lottery. We were only about 18 and didn’t know what to expect. When we first started, we had never even been to London before. It was just crazy.