Kyle Falconer – Live in Leeds review

When it comes to role models Kyle Falconer – sometime member of Dundee indie roughnecks The View – cuts an unlikely figure. After the quartet’s debut Hats Off To The Buskers rode the post MySpace train all the way to the top of the charts in 2006, their famously hedonistic lead singer gradually became more famous than the music that followed, a trip which ended in a sobering air rage fine and a short, sharp lesson in how to grow up.

To his credit the man probably once banned from every Premier Inn in Britain embraced the change, writing a crop of solo material which finally let his inner pop surface where previously it had only been heard in snatches of bravura. The resulting album No, Thank You was filled with melodic frills and accessibility, finding it’s anti-hero filled with regrets so deep he may not even remember, all of which makes for voyeur-friendly listening.

With a five piece backing band including a violinist, Falconer seemed determined to give this new material the best opportunity to coalesce in public. Full of banter as opposed to god knows what else, a set with more than a little of his band’s material – Gem Of A Bird, Face For The Radio, Grace and even a cover of Squeeze’s vintage Up The Junction went a long way towards proving his renaissance could be pretty fruitful for everyone concerned.

You can read a full review here.

Picture Credit : The Upcoming

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