The View and DZ @ The Metro Theatre, Sydney (05/01/2010)


The all-ages crowd was chanting “The View, The View, The View are on fire” well before the support band DZ took to the Metro Theatre’s stage.

Brisbane’s kings of the par-tay DZ opened with a new, as yet unnamed, song. Looking damn comfortable on the Metro’s stage, the duo’s punky thrash sound was massive, seeking out every face in the theatre and attempting to melt it off. Under the veil of red light and their signature strobe, DZ smashed out radio single Blue Blood, infectious Cops Capacity, Jager-swilling Mess up and blood-heating Two Lungs.

Set highlight was the tentatively named track Slow Burn, which shows a depth to both DZ’s musical and lyrical abilities. A pulsating song that emphasises the band’s ability to make their crowds get down and groove, Slow Burn is a kick-arse, sexy track. If this is the direction DZ is heading, then we can expect massive things from this two-piece. Closing with Yeah, DZ left the stage, and within seconds of their applause dying down, “The View, The View, The View are on fire!” started back up.

Hailing from the Scottish town of Dundee, The View are five very tiny little men. With the drummer stripping his shirt off immediately (much to the joy of female fans) and the keyboardist looking like he had travelled to the –  “90s, stolen Beastie Boys’ wardrobe and made it back in time for the Metro show, The View were a mismatched, spry bunch of pixies. But those tiny men could make some noise!

Opening with Glass Smash from their most recent record Which Bitch, the five piece’s sound was crisp, full and completely engulfing the front amongst the swelling masses of bodies. Up the back of the room, where the more subdued fans we’re kickin’ it, the sound was a little dead, though not much could really dull the bright, whimsical pop of the Scottish lads.

Hurling through a set list including 5Rebeccas, Same Jeans and new single Temptation Dice, their live sound was fuller than their recorded material, though they did not stray too far from their albums musically. In between songs, it was hard to make out the banter of lead singer Kyle Falconer through his thick Scottish accent. The question remains, was he speaking English or Binary?

The crowd down the front jumped around like mullet flinging themselves from danger during the entire set, but up the back, the crowd started to lose attention. It seemed that once the novelty of the polka-pop wore off, the realisation that every song kinda sounded the same kicked in.

This seemed to be more a problem with the set order rather than the songs themselves. Playing five songs in a row all at the same high intensity and then switching to three songs in a row in more of an acoustic vein was a bit of a crap move. I lost attention, and by the size of the bar queue, I’m assuming others did as well.

The crowd kicked back into gear as The View showed off some of their new material. Musically, the new track was a little bit bluesier, darker and more interesting. Lyrically it was a little bit deeper, while still holding characteristics of the infectious pop that has come to be associated with the Scottish band.

The View had no encore; instead finishing with the rollicking Shock Shock Horror, which proved that boys (and the crowd) CAN dance. Scottish flags in the audience held high, the boys from Dundee left the stage to more chants of “The View, The View, The View are on fire!” I can only hope the crowd learns a new song for next time.