After five hit albums, a Mercury Prize nomination and countless sold-out shows with The View, the band’s front man, Kyle Falconer, will finally tour Australia solo this July, playing Perth’s Badlands Bar on Sunday 14 July.
Around The Sound spoke to Falconer down the line from London as he prepared for his trip down under.
Falconer’s debut solo album, No Thank You, is a raw and brutally honest collection of songs that finds him exploring a tumultuous time in his life.
“A lot of the songs I wrote when I was in rehab over the last five years or so. They’re about the times I had before [rehab] and coming out. I’ll still have a party, but I think it just went too far and I got a bit lost. Having kids definitely gives you a kick up the arse. It was just meant to be and it feels good.”
Falconer’s history of drug and alcohol problems has been widely reported. Having achieved success with The View in his teens, Falconer and his bandmates have knocked out some stunningly good music, played hundreds of barnstorming love shows and, it seems, lived out every cliché of the rock and roll lifestyle.
So, what is this phase of Falconer’s life and career all about?
“I just wanted to get this out of my system,” said Falconer. “There so much that I want to say and do. It was easy back in the day when The View first started, because there was nothing else to do. Now people have got girlfriends and kids and stuff. I recorded it (new album, No Thank You) all myself, there was nobody else involved. It was good to do it on my own for a change and not have to worry about anyone’s opinions.”
No Thank You sees Falconer branching out, the only part of his musical past that he hasn’t shaken off is the voice, with that distinctive Dundonian accent. The rest is Falconer drawing on everything from his time with The View to his collaborations with Mark Ronson and beyond. It’s Falconer spreading his wings and maturing into the next phase of his life and career, but without losing his edge. Definitely worth a listen for fans and new listeners alike.
The live shows in Australia will be a real treat, with Falconer stripping things back to let the songs and stories shine through.
“It’s just going to be me and my guitarist, so I think it’s going to be a lot more intimate and we’re going to play some songs we wouldn’t normally do, and we get to talk about the songs and explain them and stuff. It’s just a chance do things that mean something rather than autographing guitars, if you know what I mean.”
Kyle Falconer on tour in Australia
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