WORDS BY TAMSIN JONES
‘Exorcism Of Youth’
Due for release August 18th 2023 via Cooking Vinyl
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The View have announced their first new album since 2015’s Ropewalk. Due for release August 18th 2023 via Cooking Vinyl. The album has already gained attention and support from their fans and airplay from Jo Whiley at Radio 2 including track of the week for ‘Woman of The Year’ at Amazing Radio.
This is the The View’s first new music since their reunion in 2022, the buzz surrounding their reunion was more than they had anticipated with tickets at the 02 Academy Glasgow selling out so quickly another three shows were added to the list.
This catapulted the motivation and the eagerness of the band to want more, so the band Kyle Falconer (vocals, guitar), keiren Webster (bass, vocals) and Pete Reilly (guitar) flew off to Granada in Spain to work with Grammy awarding Youth ( The Verve, Jesus & Mary Chain, The Charlatans)
The entry to the album starts with the title track ‘Exorcism Of Youth’ at leaps at you with a The Views positive upbeat and melodic lyrics which gives you that nostalgic feel of The View.
The bands recent release from the Album ‘Woman Of The Year’ which has The Views melodic nature to it but with what I would describe as jaggerdy punch to it especially with the energy from the vocals in it that have a deeper meaning that I feel come with maturity and life experiences.
Lead singer Kyle Falconer says “I think everyone gets down sometimes and this song is supposed to show the struggles at both ends. I wanted to convey a message of thanks to all the women who help the men, the kids, the colleagues, friends etc. Especially when they feel underappreciated. Watching what they do every day, often without complaining… it’s an unsung hero type of job multitasking so many different factors each day. It’s something I’m often in awe of.”
Personally I feel this a refreshing take on a romantic song but a really empowering song towards woman and men and the complexity of relationships and understanding, aswell as appreciating the multitasking a woman does each day not just in a physical nature either.
Other releases such as ‘Shovel in his hands’ has an hypnotic melody along with catchy lyrics and is a personal faviroute and has a folk, storytelling vibe to it. ‘The devil is a crackin dancer, the one with the ultimate fee, why don’t you save the last one for him and come with me?’ Immediately kick-starts the urge to move or sing along. ‘Feels like’ almost tricks you on its entry, but has a feel good positive happy smily nature about it. Other release included ‘Neon lights’ gives a whole new feel in comparison with its almost punky feel to it. Not that I like to compare, but I always feel like when im describing new music to other fans I feel some comparison gives a feel of what to expect and ‘The Wonder Of It All’ has a real Strokes feel to it with the vocals and strong guitar rifts coming through.
‘Artic Sun’ treats the listeners too a whole new beat lyrically the vocals almost feel like a bass drum skipping and hopping throughout it. The fast lyrical hopping can also be found in ‘Dixie’.
‘Allergic to Mornings’ are a real hand held out empathetic song to those who feel familiar with the feelings of early mornings that don’t come easy to them, with an air of being kind to yourself. ‘Black Mirror’ also has that soft tone to it. Both hot drink tunes on a cold day is how I’d describe them.
‘Footprints In The Sand’ has such an electronica escape feel to it and really transfers you to a different listening experience in the album, the guitars and vocals really do take you somewhere else. As does the ending track ‘Tangled’ and provides a perfect end to the album if you were to listen from start to finish.
1. ‘Exorcism of Youth’
2. ‘Feels Like’
3. ‘The Wonder of It All’
4. ‘Arctic Sun’
5. ‘Shovel In His Hands’
6. ‘Allergic To Mornings’
7. ‘Black Mirror’
8. ‘Neon Nights’
10. ‘Woman of the Year’
11. ‘Footprints in the Sand’
You Can Catch Them On Tour On The Below Dates
2nd – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
3rd – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2
4th – Manchester, O2 Academy 2
10th – Norwich, Waterfront
15th – Cambridge, Junction
16th – Bristol, Marble Factory
18th – Brighton, Concorde 2
22nd – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
23rd – Cardiff, Tramshed
24th – Leeds, Warehouse
25th – Keele, University
29th – Southampton, Engine Rooms
30th – Birmingham, The Mill
1st – Sheffield, Foundry
2nd – Newcastle, University
7th – London, Scala
18th/19th – The Mighty Boof (headliners)
25th – Victorious
19th – Shiiine On
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.