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.

Youve released a number of albums with the View, how does performing solo compare with playing in a band?

Im still playing with a band live, but its just me who has full control and charge. So I do enjoy it but then sometimes its 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 Im 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 its sort of like starting from scratch which sometimes is quite underwhelming but its 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 dont use it he will!  

The album explores some difficult personal experiences, is it hard to have these on show for everyone to hear?

Ive come to terms with it and its 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, youre only human.  

What made you pick Poor meas the albums single?

Its 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 its the most view like if any, so felt it was a good ease in to the album for fans!  

You performed on Mark Ronsons 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.

Youll be touring Australia soon, what can fans expect from your show?

Theres gonna be a few view bangers of course, but predominantly my new album, doing songs Ive never done before too, I also love a good request at the end. Its going to be like nothing Ive ever done before. Its been received great over here in the UK so lets hope Australia is the same!

Do you ever listen to your own music?

More recently Ive started listening to this album because my daughter loves it, shes 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 Im 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

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