The View drummer in court for assault

Dundee Sheriff Court: where the drummer appeared
Dundee Sheriff Court: where the drummer appeared© STV

The drummer with Scottish indie band The View appeared in court accused of a vicious assault.

Rocker Steven Morrison, 23, appeared at Dundee sheriff court charged with assaulting Craig Cairnie in Dundee city centre last month.

Morrison and co-accused Bryan Murphy, 26, deny that on October 25 in Bank Street they "repeatedly" kicked and punched the alleged victim on his head and body to his injury.

The pair - whose addresses were both given as being in Dundee - appeared in the dock at court to plead not guilty to the assault charge. Depute fiscal Gillian Sim did not oppose bail and Sheriff Daniel Kelly allowed the case to proceed to trial in February.

After the case was called, Morrison was rushed to Glasgow to join up with his band-mates for a gig at Queen Margaret Union as part of their current UK tour.

The View, comprises of four friends from the Dryburgh estate in Dundee. Steven Morrison, Pete Reilly, Kyle Falconer, and Kieran Webster shot to fame in 2006 after Pete Doherty spotted their talent while touring in Dundee.

While releasing hit singles and albums such as 'Same Jeans', they have also courted controversy with their "rock n roll antics." The band has been refused entry to America after front-man Kyle was convicted of cocaine possession.

They have also been banned from every Travelodge in Britain after they flooded two floors of Liverpool hotel by leaving a bath running overnight, causing £7,000 worth of damage.

At the time, a Travelodge spokesman said: "The View are banned from every Travelodge in the country. We don't care who they are, they acted offensively and were anti-social to other residents. They are not welcome back."

In 2008, while recording Which Bitch? in the Welsh valleys, they were banned from local pubs for rowdy behaviour. Bassist Kieran said he couldn't remember why they had been banned but admitted: "We got banned from a couple of pubs."

Last year, during their set at the snow bombing festival in Austria, lead singer Kyle collapsed onstage.

Also last year, during one show in Nottingham Kyle was too drunk to perform, slurring his words, and slouching beside the microphone before he was removed from the stage.

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