A breath of fresh air after the dreary round of new British bands that seems to have cropped up in the last year, Dogs Die In Hot Cars' Please Describe Yourself
displays the jerky rhythms that marked the greatest New Wave bands. But this is no retro sound. Sympathetically produced by Madness/Dexys/Blur's Langer & Winstanley, this rises above your usual unimaginative indie fare, emphasis placed firmly on the overall band sound and band harmonies surrounding Craig Macintosh's stuttering, wired vocals, but still packing a punch.
As demonstrated on "Godhopping", the band brim with energy, all instruments and vocals sounding on the brink of release but kept in check by the production, all to good effect. It may lose its footing at times, and naming a song "Apples & Oranges" when your vocalist sounds just like XTC frontman Andy Partridge may betray roots, but these are minor quibbles. Sensibly for a debut, the band don't stretch themselves too much; only one song (arguably the weakest--no song should be titled "Celebrity Sanctum" ever) passes four minutes, and there are no overblown pleas for world peace or saving children. What you do get is a very satisfying, enjoyable debut album. --Thom Allott
DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS Please Describe Yourself (2004 UK 10-track debut CD album from the Fife five including the singles Godhopping & I Love You Cause I Have To lyric booklet picture sleeve)