The Beautiful View debut the video for “The Horseman” from their debut LP “life is beautiful” out now on Requiemme Records!

By on January 17, 2012
San Diego-based The Beautiful View released their debut LP, life is beautiful, this week via Requiemme Records and the official video for “The Horseman” debuts as a Video of the Day on AOL.
“The video was filmed in a World War II-era factory that has been converted into an art studio in a classic barrio of San Diego,” singer and songwriter Aaron Magnan tells Spinner. “It seemed like our directors were trying to expose the slick dance vibe, while highlighting the kind of urgent rock crescendo that is heard in the song. The video is a little glimpse of us setting up a huge explosion.”

Full of insanely tight, angular and catchy as all get out jams, life is beautiful is an album ready for the masses. Listening to life is beautiful has been known to conjure up images from the Miami night club scene in Scarface – growing up just outside of Chula Vista with Tijuana just across the water there is a sinister urgency coursing through the soaring, slick tracks that make up the LP.

Tour dates and more info on life is beautiful below.

The Beautiful View bring their live power to the masses this winter and spring – including additional SXSW and National dates to be announced soon.
The Beautiful View Live Dates
Jan 18 – The Silverlake Lounge – Los Angeles, CA
w/ Auditorium and College Kids
Jan 21 – Audie’s Olympic – Fresno, CA
Jan 27 – The Rogue – Scottsdale, AZ
Feb 15 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
w/ Howlin Rain
March 16 – Requiemme SXSW Day Party @ Jackelopes – Austin, TX
March 17 – SXSW Official Showcase – Austin, TX
Press praise for The Beautiful View and life is beautiful
The Beautiful View may look like sleek extras from the set of Miami Vice with their tailored suits and high-end shoes, but these San Diego natives are leaving the drama for the dieseled-up action stars and bringing the thrill to the local stages. The quartet’s newly released 10-track LP, “life is beautiful,” has hints of pop, punk, rock, and hardcore. With influences ranging from Blondie, Franz Ferdinand and Duran Duran.
The Deli Magazine
All in all, this is a solid debut, with a few really great songs, and with a bit more focus, this band has the potential to be massive. Fans of bands like The Killers will find a lot to like here.
Natty Chula Veestans the Beautiful View’s well-appointed pop sounds like alt-radio (think Killers, Interpol) but smells like rock in Gucci shoes.
San Diego Reader
The Beautiful View offer a nice line in jerky, angular art-rock reminiscent of raw, early Talking Heads or latter day Bloc Party. “The Horseman” comes from debut album Life Is Beautiful and is a great example of their taut, intense songwriting. Recommended.
Mad Mackerel
If Midge Ure and Richard Jobson had been born 22 years ago in Chula Vista, California and not 50 odd years ago in Scotland they most certainly would be in ‘The Beautiful View.’
TBV is more than meets the eye, I mean they are handsome and all, but seriously, the band has a lot to offer and I’m happy to say they are something to believe in. Listen to the songs and go see them when in your town!
life is beautiful is a rockin’ album.
San Diego City Beat

About The Beautiful View

Listening to the new songs from the San Diego based quartet The Beautiful View might make you think “this sounds like it should be on the radio” – which isn’t a bad thing in this case. There’s a familiarity that the band brings to the table, an honesty; unpretentious, politically incorrect and (in contrast to the current San Diego scene) they are as “un-indie” as a band can be —dressed in Gucci shoes and tailored clothes, their shows often end in a boisterous conversation at the back bar with a tab worth of shots as long as your arm.

The band blends traditional rock genres from Blondie to Duran Duran with modern rock bands like Bloc Party, The Bravery, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand and Interpol. For some reason the band conjures up images from the Miami nightclub scene in Scarface. Perhaps that’s because they grew up ten miles from the border in Chula Vista, a city close enough to feel the impact from Tijuana headlines full of gory details about cartel drug wars. The city was affected by the border violence but safe enough for kids to feel the conservative hand of San Diego all while growing up across from a country stricken in poverty.

Chula Vista (Spanish translation; Beautiful View) has a surprisingly rich tradition of successful artists in bands ranging from “indie” Black Heart Procession, “punk” The Zeros, “rock” The Dragons and “hardcore” P.O.D. Those influences ring true beneath the rich vocals of Aaron Magnan, the tasteful leads of Adrian Cordero and the masterful rhythm section of bassist Paul Rich and drummer Duane Allan. Each band member takes a prominent role in the group’s layered songwriting and performances.

Magnan, Cordero, Rich, and Allan all met in high school and the four have been friends ever since. Formed in May of 2007, The Beautiful View earned their stripes playing a ton of new shows while earning a notable following and developing a stage presence with explosive live shows. The band decided to take a step off the stage in 2011 and dedicate all their efforts to creating a full length album, recorded at Black Box San Diego with Mario Quintero and mastered at D2 studios in Burbank.

The ten song release on Requiemme Records is well written, well played and well recorded, the songs are indeed “alternative radio” friendly— perhaps because the band is just that good.

life is beautiful
The Horseman
The Spaniard
Nothing Like the Joy of a Southern Woman
Mercy Is A Cold Shower
Praying Bones
Ides of March
Alphabet Judges
Always Only Me
Here She Comes

Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.