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Set to be a gig to die for.

Byline: By Gordon Barr

We may be in for a big freeze, but don't forget Dogs Die in Hot Cars. And they're in Newcastle this weekend, as Showbusiness Reporter Gordon Barr finds out

Their name conjures up a serious message, but when it comes to music, the emphasis is purely on uplifting.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars are one of the acts tipped by music industry insiders to make it big in 2004.

Their new EP is out next month and, to celebrate, they are hitting the road, with a gig at Newcastle Arts Centre later this month.

It follows on from them signing to the V2 label, the record company which has the likes of Liberty X on its books.

But if you want to get your hands on copies of the EP, you had better be quick. Released on February 9, and featuring four tracks, Man Bites Man, Queen of the Pumpkin Plukes, Nobody Teaches Life Anything and Pastimes & Lifestyles, it has been limited to 1,000 copies.

In addition, there will be 500 copies on 7in vinyl.

The EP is the follow-up to their debut limited edition single I Love You Cause I Have To, which sold out its limited run and received multiple plays on Radio 1.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars are Craig Macintosh (lead vocals/guitar), Gary Smith (guitars), Lee Worrall (bass), Ruth Quigley (keyboards) and Laurence Davey (drums).

The band, originally from St Andrews, Fife, and now living together in a very large house in Glasgow, are currently in the studio recording their debut album with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley (Dexy's Midnight Runners/ Madness/The Smiths/ David Bowie).

So where did they get their name?

"We were in the flat one night playing Boggle, a kind of word game, and the four words all came out and they looked good," says Macintosh. "So we just put them together."

The lads have been together for 10 years, having decided to set up a band as young teenagers.

"Ten years of being in a band, it all works towards the big deal everyone talks about," continues Macintosh.

"I remember we used to talk about that when we were 13. Now this is where it begins.

"For so long we were on the dole, and we were on the dole because we believed we were going to get a break and make a living out of the band.

"And now we've got a wage, we're earning, we're recording an album with Langer and Winstanley.

"It's great. We've finally got an opportunity. We've been hammering away at this for years and suddenly, in the last six months, things have started going our way.

"It's been a long, long struggle to get to this point."

The turning point for Dogs came after a gig in Glasgow. "That ended with us getting a manager," says Macintosh.

"He had previously worked on the Stereophonics' management team but had been looking for a band to manage himself.

"He saw us play the show and then got in touch and we've been working with him since.

"And it has made a big difference. It really helps having someone who knows how to get things working."

NDogs Die in Hot Cars are at Newcastle Arts Centre on Saturday.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 27, 2004
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