Dogs Die In Hots Cars

Not only do they have possibly the best band name in pop history, they also have the best tunes. "I Love You 'Cause I Have To" is the soundtrack of the summer and Scotland's finest have plenty more where they came from. Designer Magazine caught up with singer Craig MacIntosh and bassist Lee Worral to find out more about the band formerly known as Robert Plant In Poo Poo Land.

Q: It's your first UK Tour. Introduce us to the world of Dogs Die In Hot Cars?
Craig: Were from Fife, St Andrews - The home of golf. About 3 years ago we moved to Glasgow because we decided if we were going to do anything we'd do it there. We live together so were living an environment where we just consume music and that's where we got our stuff together.

Fife is a really nice area and I don't know whether it's encouraged or it's just our school, but there's a lot of creative people there. The Beta Band went to our school, James Yorkston, Lone Pigeon and Fench Records Collective. There's only limited things you can do there and in order to progress you really have to get away from that area.

Lee: Everyone is writing about this scene in Glasgow and it's us and Franz Ferdinand they're all writing about. There's lots of bands, but loads of them are still stuck in the rut of wanting to sound like Oasis or Radiohead.

Q: Dogs Die In Hot Cars - possibly the greatest band name ever. Where did that one come from?
Lee: Basically we were just messing about with helium balloons one day and it just sort of slipped out. And then we saw it in print it looks amazing...we even got in the Bizarre column in The Sun which was always a personal dream of mine. You really don't want to hear the suggestions we came up with before that but the one that sticks out is Robert Plant in Poo Poo Land.

Craig: People are kind of abbreviating it to The Dogs just now and that's kind of acceptable, but to actually call you name The something. Nobody's indifferent about and they think it's bad or really good and it's the same with the music as well.

Q: The single "I Love You Cause I Have To" is totally different from the rest of the Dogs set. So it's not Ska pop all the way is it?
Craig: It's just a total slap in the face disposable pop song that's over in 2 minutes 30. The intention was basically to grab the attention of the music industry but it's gone above all that now. We found out yesterday were the 11th most played band in the the Clubs across the UK but we haven't had the pleasure of dancing to it ourselves yet.

We've got a real pop sensibility to how we write. Upbeat, catchy, good melodies that people can dance to.
It's very much us that the songs are diverse, were all into different things. Were not the type of musicians that cottons onto a good idea and sticks to it. You wake up one day and you want to do something you inspired by and that can be any type of music.

Q: If you guys are the next big Scottish pop sensations. Who were the last?
Craig: Orange Juice, but that was a long way back. For what the Proclaimers do I think people are very nervous about expressing their opinions on them. Maybe it's because they're uncool or whatever but they're great songwriters and they do their thing bloody well. But it was still quite strange when the NME compared us to them and said we were the New Proclaimers...I think it was just because they come from Scotland.

Q: You do realize that one of your songs sounds like the Proclaimers mashed up with "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" don't you?
Craig: A lot of music I'm interested in is coming out of South America and Peru...and also Wedding Band music from Bulgaria so there's lots of different rhythms and patterns. I'm just really really interested in vocals as an instruments rather than just to use them to saying words and singing notes. I think it was this geezer called Ivo Papasvon who sings this mad shit called "Maria Rosa Maria" or something.

A lot of people say we sound like an 80s band, but I think if I sang in a Manc accent or an American one I don't think people would say it's eighties. The vocals have a lot to do with and when I started singing I made a conscience decision not to sound American and to sing without any particular accent. And because it doesn't have a twang people look back to when there was voices that were like that and it was in the eighties. I think that it was basically that a lot of people in the eighties did sing the way they spoke anyway.

Q: Apart from the Proclaimers comparisons you are one of the unluckiest bands in the world. Didn't you get electrocuted on-stage at The Cotton Club gig in Dundee last week?
Lee: It wasn't just an electric shock. It was a full on electrocution - it started running through his hands as soon as he touched the microphone. I thought it was a fight at first because he came flying back into me and knocked me over.

Craig: There was a moment when I thought I was going to die. I really genuinely accepted the fact I was going to die and I was really pissed off - it was like what a way to go. What a f**king waste!!! You can wallow in that shit and I was really scared when I went up on-stage the next night.

Lee: Basically our lawyers are dealing with now so we can't say much more.


"I Love You 'Cause I have To" is out now on Radiate Records
Dogs Die In Hot Cars tour Universities through October (Tour Dates TBC)
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