After five hit albums, a Mercury Prize nomination and countless sold-out shows with The View, the band’s frontman Kyle Falconer will finally tour Australia solo this July.
Tomatrax caught up with Kyle to ask a few questions.
You’ve released a number of albums with the View, how does performing solo compare with playing in a band?
I’m still playing with a band live, but it’s just me who has full control and charge. So I do enjoy it but then sometimes it’s nice to have the band to fall back on or to have their input too. I do miss playing in a band but for now I’m enjoying solo.
You achieved a lot of critical and commercial success with the View, does this make you feel any pressure when performing solo?
Yeah a little, I mean it’s sort of like starting from scratch which sometimes is quite underwhelming but it’s also exciting like reinventing yourself and finding new fans.
Where did the title No thank you come from?
Was travelling round Thailand with my fiancé and daughter Wylde and Liam Gallagher was having a holiday after his gig in Bangkok, so we ended up staying with them a few nights and some drinks later listening to the album, Liam came up with the title as it is a lyric in Family Tree. Said if I don’t use it he will!
The album explores some difficult personal experiences, is it hard to have these on show for everyone to hear?
I’ve come to terms with it and it’s nice to hear when people say my songs help them. Sometimes you do choke up a little still at certain parts in songs that mean something more than others, you’re only human.
What made you pick ‘Poor me’ as the album’s single?
It’s the opening to the album, it begins the struggle and then changes as the album goes on, not a concept album but same sort of idea in a way so it seemed fitting and it’s the most view like if any, so felt it was a good ease in to the album for fans!
You performed on Mark Ronson’s hit ‘The Bike Song’, how did that collaboration come about?
We were friends for a few years, I filled in for Amy Winehouse one time then it sort of stuck and I did it a few times and then it just went from there.
You’ll be touring Australia soon, what can fans expect from your show?
There’s gonna be a few view bangers of course, but predominantly my new album, doing songs I’ve never done before too, I also love a good request at the end. It’s going to be like nothing I’ve ever done before. It’s been received great over here in the UK so let’s hope Australia is the same!
Do you ever listen to your own music?
More recently I’ve started listening to this album because my daughter loves it, she’s 2 and sings along to Poor Me in the car! The band never used to listen to our own music but I do listen and always have, how else are you going to progress?
What other music do you listen to?
I listen to a lot of country, The Beatles etc, classics music, oasis, stone roses, the clash… but new music right now I’m loving The Struts.
What do you have planned after your tour?
Going straight on holiday off the plane to spend some quality time with the family then off to LA for some exciting things to happen in the near future!! Then festivals of course mixed in over the summer.
Australian Tour Dates below. Check out Kyle Falconer’s Facebook page to find out more!
Thursday 11 July 2019 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Friday 12 July 2019 – Milk Factory, Brisbane Saturday
13 July 2019 – Factory Theatre, Sydney Sunday
14 July 2019 – Badlands, Perth
Tickets on sale 9am AEST, Thursday 18 April from http://www.troubadour-music.com