The View - Cheeky For a Reason
Further variations on a theme from punk-pop Dundonians
Despite singer Kyle Falconer’s enthusiastic description of his band’s fourth album as ‘Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours as done by The Clash’, it’s more the case that anyone listening to it will know exactly what they’re getting. That’s not a bad thing, mind you, unless you particularly dislike their laddish schtick and obvious reverence for the fag end of the Britpop era and Pete Doherty.
‘How Long’ is a modish, racing punk-pop single with an unashamedly Caledonian lilt to its vocals, ‘Hold On Now’ is a cheerful, shouty glam stomp and ‘Anfield Row’ echoes The La’s in its hollered indie-folk delivery, amid many other variations on the theme. By the end, you can almost smell the rain on your T in the Park poncho.