The simple details of their story are these: school mates in Dundee, singer/guitarist Falconer, fellow songwriter Webster, guitarist Pete Reilly and drummer Steve Morrison formed the band in 2005. Discovered by former Rough Trade A&R man James Endeacott, the band signed to his label 1965 Records, part of Sony BMG group, and within two years they’d torn up stages supporting the likes of Primal Scream and The Babyshambles and released a hugely successful, Mercury-nominated, no 1 debut album, ‘Hats Off To The Buskers’ which spawned hits including ‘Same Jeans’, ‘Superstar Tradesman’, ‘The Don’, ‘Skag Trendy’, ‘Face for The Radio’ and the NME Best Track of the Year, ‘Wasted Little DJs’.
That debut fitted the post-Libertines music landscape of the time. The easy thing to do next would have been to stick to the formula. The View instead made a more challenging and diverse second record called ‘Which Bitch?’, which ran a gamut from ramshackle folk-punk to sea shanties.