I recently caught up with The View's Kieren Webster ahead of their winter tour to talk new material, Stoke and One Direction.
Ali Pritchard: Hello Kieren, how are you? Kieren Webster: Hello, I'm good man AP: Are you looking forward to touring again? KW: Aye, it's always good to be on tour. We've probably played nearly all of the venues in the country. AP: Would you say playing live is the best part of being in a band? KW: It probably is to be honest, my favourite aspect of being a musician is being able to go out on tour but that's followed closely by being in the studio and making new music. I think you can only get us properly as band if you come and see our live show. We have always been a live band, we are not one of those bands who make a album then gig. We have always gigged even before we got a record deal, playing other people's songs and that. Playing live has always been our bread and butter, so to speak.
AP: How do the crowds in Stoke compared to other city crowds? KW: The sugarmill crowd is crazy, I can remember a couple of stage invasions when we played there back in the day. Aye, it's always crazy. AP: Do you have any suprises in store for the sugarmill gig? KW: Well we are going to rehearse a couple of songs we haven't played in a while to perform on the next tour. So there will be a couple of tunes we haven't played in a couple of years but we haven't decided which ones yet. So we are going to mix it up quite a bit on the tour. AP: Is it true that yourself and your bandmate Kyle Falconer have written songs for the boyband One Direction? KW: Nah, that was fabricated by the Scottish Sun newspaper I believe. I keep getting people tweeting me "What songs did you write on the new One Direction record?". I'm sure though that is was a Scottish sun fabrication though.
AP: It's been five years since you released your brilliant debut, how has the last five years been for you? KW: It's been crazy, fun, rocky and good. It's been a bit of education aye. AP: Is there any plans for a follow up to Cheeky for a reason, a fifth album? KW: Well me and Kyle went into the studio with Owen Morris a couple of weeks ago to put down some demos. So in a way we have started the process of writing and recording the next record. AP: Do you think the new record will be ready for next year? KW: Well if it was up to us, we would have the record out as soon as possible, so hopefully aye.