REVIEW: The View at the Hi-Fi
Words by Scenewave Oz - Published on January 16, 2010
I must admit, I was pretty unfamiliar with the indie four/five piece (who was that guy in the very back corner of the stage that kept coming and going between songs?) but upon entering the venue I was instantly hit by two things: firstly, the raw energy and astonishing amount of noise that DZ were able to produce with only two people, and air-conditioning! Yes, the modern chic of the Hi-Fi, which is a brilliantly designed little venue, included a cool breeze.
Now, if you mustn’t judge a book by its cover are you allowed to judge a band by its fans? Because, the emphatic UK support was almost impossible to miss amidst an animated conversation in the bathroom between recent acquaintances about the 1-all draw between Rangers and Celtic the night before, or the constant chanting about The View and a fire. The combination left me with warm ears, a comfortable exterior and an ensuing anticipation of The View behind the curtains.
The band stormed out and proceeded to bombard the room of adoring fans with successive hits in 5Rebbecas and Wasted Little DJs. However, the next 45 minutes of music went by in an indistinguishable blur with subtle differences in melody being masked by the constant clattering of the rhythm guitar. Nonetheless, the two frontmen, Falconer and Webster, had great stage chemistry and created a solid rapport with the diehards in the front row. The current hit Shock Horror was probably my highlight and concluded a decent performance but it always felt like something was missing… A Chelsea Dagger perhaps??