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The View land Irvine Welsh tribute

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Jun 18, 2013 | 5:39am EDT

Scottish rockers The View were thrilled to land a tribute from celebrated author Irvine Welsh on their new album after befriending the writer on tour. The Trainspotting novelist, who is a big fan of the band, has written a foreword for the sleeve of their new record Seven Year Setlist, which hit shelves this month (Jun13). Frontman Kyle Falconer met the author through his actor roommate Martin Compston, who appears in a new movie adaptation of Welsh's book Filth, and they all became friends after hanging out together at a gig in Chicago, Illinois. Falconer tells the Daily Record newspaper, "We first met Irvine in Chicago. He wrote some stuff for us. He was Martin Compston's pal and we heard he was a big fan of The View. It is really cool." Drummer Steven Morrison adds, "When we were in America on tour it was absolutely insane when Irvine showed up in Chicago and we ended up going for a few beers with him. He's pretty much the most interesting guy I've met in my life and he was still there until the very end at 4am and was asking if we wanted another beer." Compston, adds, "Irvine already loved The View when I moved in with Kyle. Knowing them both independently, I knew they'd get on so well. I sorted Irvine out to go and see them play in Chicago and just knew a lively evening would ensue. Suffice to say, they had a ball." In the album foreword, Welsh writes of the band, "Despite having been around for what seems like a long time, they still remain young precocious talents, playing their unique brand of catchy, quirky, dirty, sleazy, banging, honest and uplifting rock and roll. So above all else, The View are a big fun band, a party that everyone else is invited to. I'm in. What about you?"

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