Hailing from Dundee, The Law will start a US tour next week which includes dates in New York, California and Texas. The East and West Coast dates are below with the South by Southwest gigs listed here. The Law’s lead singer Stuart Purvey spoke to Dear Scotland about SXSW and playing abroad:

Dear Scotland: Where are you now and what did you do last night?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: As of right now I’m at home having breakfast and then it’s off to rehearsals. Last night I came home from rehearsals around 6pm, chilled out and watched the football on TV for the rest of the evening.

DS: Paul McCartney said he got into music to avoid a job – and get lots of girls. What made you get into music?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: I realised from a young age that I didn’t want to ‘work for anyone’ and that music moved and inspired me like nothing else. One of the big perks of being in this business is that you get to travel to new places you wouldn’t have otherwise seen, which is just awesome.

The Law – Television Satellite


DS: What is your favourite song of yours to play right now?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Vertical Feeling, a song from our album ‘A Measure Of Wealth’. It’s about someone who is maybe struggling a little in life but we play and sing it with so much passion and enthusiasm that it’s a very uplifting experience.

DS: Your playing in New York, Austin and LA in March, are there any other places you’d like to visit?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Russia and Japan would be great.

DS: Are there any Scottish musicians, past or present, that have influenced you?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Absolutely, there are quite a few; The Average White Band and The Associates who are both from Dundee, and more recently Paolo Nutini. Scotland has and always will produce creative people. Inspiration is in the water, air and landscape.

The Average White Band – Person to Person


DS: What will be your first words on stage at your SXSW showcase in front of all the fans and industry types?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: I don’t really know. That all depends on what kind of mood I’m in at the time I suppose. ‘Hello, we are The Law’ is a good bet though.

DS: Do you feel more Scottish when you are abroad, or do you adapt well to new places? Anything you miss about Scotland?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: I adapt well to any situation but I’m always flying the flag for Scotland/Dundee. I miss the fresh water and fresh air of Scotland.

DS: What should the Scottish national anthem be?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Without question it should be the opening track on our album, ‘Don’t Stop, Believe’.

The Law – Dont Stop, Believe


DS: How do people react when they discover that The Law are Scottish?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Very well! Scottish people are welcomed everywhere around the World.

DS: What is the best after-show experience you’ve had?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: I would have to say meeting people like Joe Strummer, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller, Richard Ashcroft, Jonny Marr and Mani. I’ve met people like that at after-show parties and getting to talk to them can only help us. With the experience they have had and the knowledge of the business they possess it’s great a learning experience for us.

The Clash – Koka Kola / I Fought The Law


DS: And finally, many many years from now, when you finish your farewell world tour, is there one place to where you would like to retire?

Stuart Purvey, The Law: Yes, somewhere up the A9 in Perthshire. I would love to have a little cottage over-looking a big Loch.

The Law – The Chase


Band website : www.thelawmusic.com

New York and Californian dates listed below. For SXSW shows click here.