If you’re not familiar with Dog Is Dead, allow us to enlighten you. Rising to fame in 2011, after a scriptwriter for Channel 4 teen drama Skins saw them play on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury and asked them to appear on the show, the band were soon signed to Atlantic Records. Their debut album All Our Favourite Stories was released in October 2012 and, when we sat down with drummer Daniel Harvey, Dog Is Dead were just about to set off on a European tour with Two Door Cinema Club. Up to speed? Then lets begin…
How are the tour preparations going?
This is our last day in Nottingham rehearsing, then we’ve got a little bit of travelling time tomorrow, as we’re heading to Zurich. We haven’t worked with Two Door before, but we’d been in touch a little bit and they’ve been really nice, so they just asked us if we wanted to join them on the European tour. It’s gonna be a nice first experience of these massive venues.
Are there any cities that you’re most looking forward to playing?
I’m very excited to play in Prague; I’ve never been to Prague before and it seems like a good one. I’ve never been to Luxemburg either, so that’s gonna be a fun one as well. We haven’t even been to Berlin, and apparently that’s a music haven where everyone should go and play, so it’s going to be very fresh and new to us.
You’ve also got your own headline UK tour happening in April. Is that automatically better because it’s your own tour?
They’re very different – the support tour is good because you get to borrow someone else’s audience
and be the underdog in a way, like you’ve got to impress their fans. With a headline tour the fans get to see a pure Dog Is Dead show, people are there for us, and they actually know the songs. There are benefits to both, but I don’t think you can quite beat your own show; that’s the one to watch really. Our headline tour will trump it slightly.
Dog is Dead appeared in Skins back in 2011. Do you think it had quite a big commercial impact on the band?
Yeah, especially internationally. We have a huge following in Venezuela due to Skins – that’s a complete
lie, but in South America and all sorts of random places people seem to be really in-tune with the band, and it seems to have struck a chord because of the Skins thing. It’s definitely raised our profile internationally, which is quite a strange thing as Skins is a very English programme, but there you go. We didn’t really know the show very well, before we were on it, because it’s not something that we grew up watching. It’s quite different to our own upbringings, but it was quite a crazy thing to do, so we gave it a shot.
Your latest single Do The Right Thing is released on 25th March. What is the story behind the song?
It’s one of the later songs written on the record, in fact probably the last song we wrote, so it’s quite
cool that it’s coming out this far down the line. It’s a groovy and fairly upbeat song, but the lyrics are quite desperate, and I think it’s just a big search for closure in a way. It’s a bit of a contradiction, having an upbeat song with quite a sad message, but hopefully it’ll be one to jump about to at the gigs as well. I’m really excited about it coming out for that reason.
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Do you have much planned for after the tours are over?
We’re already writing album two, so as soon as we get off the UK tour we’ll be hitting up the studio, and getting on with things. We’re a really restless band, so we just want to get on with it and do it all again!