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The View's Kyle Falconer on swapping same jeans and benders for dad life


He used to wear the same jeans for four days but former View party boy Kyle Falconer is a changed man.

With fiancée Laura Wilde, the 33-year old singer is a dad to daughters Wylde, three and Winnie, who is nearly two.

And his days as a hands-on dad are spent playing Scooby-Doo with his kids rather than day after day benders.



Kyle Falconer with partner Laura and daughter Wyled (3) and Winnie (1)

Grown up and in a better mindset, Kyle better understands the rage he felt at the death of his mum Elizabeth in 2009 when he was 22 which followed the death of his dad Ronnie when the musician was just 16 and still at school.

Kyle said: “I never had anyone to tell me what to do and I never had nothing to worry about, I just gave myself more worries.

“In my 20s, I never had any direction – but having kids I’d recommend to anybody who is lost.



The View photgraphed at Glasgow’s iconic venue The Barrowland L/R Pete Reilly, Steve Morrison, Kieran Webster, Kyle Falconer and Darren Rennie

“Being a dad is the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I would have another 50 if it was up to me.”

Dundee-born Kyle was 18 when The View toured the UK, Japan and America and 19 when the band’s debut album Hats Off to the Buskers went to No1 in January 2007. It went on to be nominated for a Mercury Music Prize.

Still reeling from his mum’s death and in the hottest band in the UK, it was no wonder Kyle got lost in the rock ’n’ roll party lifestyle.



Kyle Falconer was touring the world in his late teens with The View

During The View’s first big year in 2007 he was fined for drug possession and often too drunk to perform at gigs. But since an air-rage incident in 2016 Kyle has knuckled down and seems much changed as we chat via Skype.

He said: “I’ve always found it a challenge being on tour and trying to not party too much. Being in The View that was part of the lifestyle. We all enjoyed partying.

“I was 18 when we started touring but you can’t do that nowadays, partying every day and every night and get away with it.

“I’ve not stopped drinking. It’s a bit of a balance. There are certain things I won’t do but I’m nowhere near where I used to be.”

He also seems to have found his off button. Despite recording his new album at the Libertines’ Albion Rooms in Margate, he kept the partying to a minimum.

Kyle said: “I can still have a party but it’s knowing when to go to bed and to make sure it doesn’t continue for more than a day.

“It’s keeping the right company and you can do these things.

“Being in the music industry you are going to see things going on so you have to learn to be around it, live with it and not let the devil on your shoulder take over.”

Instead of devils it’s ghosts that rule dad Kyle’s life nowadays. He laughed: “Both my daughters are obsessed with Scooby-Doo so we go out in the woods and shoot ghosts and build dens.

“I’m Fred. Wylde is Daphne and Winnie is Velma.”

He’s also become a keen runner which he started doing because he struggled to sleep and it burns off his excess energy.

Since 2017, when The View went on hiatus, Kyle has released one solo album in 2018. But his second is due in June and is a glorious mix of electro R&B, heartfelt ballads and his latest raucous single Stress Ball.

The album is called No Love Songs for Laura and the cover is a photo of him and her with her back to the camera.

The title is an in-joke between them and came after two songs on his debut solo album No Thank You, used girls names Kelly and Lily Anne.

And the new album includes Listen Lucy but also a song called Laura. He said: “After the last album she’d joke ‘Where’s my love songs?’ and would say, ‘No love songs for Laura’ which I thought was a great album title and she was happy with me using it.

“If I was to write a love song about her she’d think it was cheesy.”

Kyle clearly thinks the world of Laura. He said: “She keeps me in check. It’s having the right partner if you have this mindset like me. I used to be easily led off the rails. Because I never had a normal job and I was a songwriter, I always felt I was at liberty to do what I wanted and please myself.

“Now being my age I realise my job is a singer-songwriter and I need to protect my voice and my brain and not smoke 50 fags a day and drink constantly.”

As well as the brilliant Stress Ball and an electro R&B tune Wait Around which competes with anything from America, the album is a pop gem but includes the introspective Mother.

He’s written about his parents before but Kyle feels this could be the tune that puts his past sadness to bed.

He said: “There’s a lot of lines that are memories from growing up. I remember I used to be embarrassed about my mum and dad because they were a wee bit older and people would say, ‘Is that your gran and granda?’ and I remember regretting that as a kid.

“My mum was one of the only mums who would come to school during a break and give me a play piece – a chocolate bar. I remember thinking that was so nice because no one else’s parents did that.

“Writing it was cathartic. I’m not over it. In my 20s I was quite sad a lot of the time but now I’ve got my own kids I don’t want to dwell on it. It’s a process of life.”

With producer Frankie Siragusa, Kyle played and recorded 33 tracks in Margate last August, 13 of which are on the album. Kyle isn’t sure what he’ll do with the songs he hasn’t used.

When restrictions returned at the end of 2020, he nearly put out the album for free but he played the songs to Alan McGee who had become The View’s manager last year. The Scot thought it was a waste to put the album out for nothing and will release it on his new label It’s Creation Baby.

Kyle said: “I think I’ve made my favourite ever record and he and I are ready to take on the world.”

It means a reunion with his View bandmates – Kieren Webster, Pete Reilly and Steven Morrison – will have to wait.

Kyle said: “We are still all best friends and close but we were worn out and needed a break. We will come back at some point.

“I’m enjoying being solo. With the View it was a party every night but solo I’m more focused on the music and I remember the words.”

● Kyle’s Stress Ball is out now. No Love Songs for Laura is out on June 11.





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