Scotland's the View make a rousing brand of classicist pop/rock distinguished by lead singer Kyle Falconer's puckish brogue. The band broke through with their Top Five U.K. single "Same Jeans" off 2007's Hats Off to the Buskers. While the band's sound has matured, they've retained their knack for hooky anthems, a skill that helped them reach the Top 20 of the U.K. Albums Chart with 2009's Which Bitch?, 2011's Bread and Circuses, and 2012's Cheeky for a Reason. The Strokes' Albert Hammond produced their fifth album, 2015's Ropewalk. Coming off a five-year hiatus, the View returned to the Top Ten with 2023's Exorcism of Youth.

The View members Kyle Falconer (vocalist), Kieran Webster (bassist), Pete Reilly (guitarist), and Steven Morrison (drummer) -- were still teenagers when they got together in their native Dundee in 2005. They initially cut their teeth as a cover band, but were soon writing their own songs while practicing in the back of a local pub. They signed with the Dundee-based independent Two Thumbs label and in March 2006, released an eponymous EP. The album caught the attention of several BBC Radio 1 and 2 presenters who began giving the band airplay. A high-profile appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival also helped build the group's fan base. That same year, the band signed with 1965 Records, a label distributed by Columbia and run by James Endeacott (who had worked with similar red-hot acts, from the Strokes to the Libertines). Buzz began to build around the band's promise and peaked with the international release of 2007's Hats Off to the Buskers, a confident debut album that topped the U.K. charts and spawned the hit singles "Wasted Little DJ's," and "Same Jeans," the latter of which reached number three in the U.K.