Taking their name from a mutual appreciation of the parka coat, Glasgow’s Fur Hood will be leaving the jackets behind and heading out to southern Spain for a gig next month. Fur Hood spoke to us about the show and the last time they visited Spain when they had a bit of a scrap.

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

Fur Hood: It’s 2:07pm and I’m lying in bed with a cigarette and a cup of tea and the laptop with which i’m typing this.. Just got home from 9 hours at work. I’m afraid that’s pretty much what I did last night too… must get out more.

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

Fur Hood: My parents made me take clarinet lessons from the age of 6. I wanted to plat a big bad ass brass intrument like the trombone.

Fur Hood – Circles and Stairs


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

Fur Hood: Always the newest songs I think. At the moment it has to be a slow number called ‘know the letters and know the language’. Adam’s funky phased guitar makes it damn fun to play.

DS: You’re playing in Spain next month, are there any other places outside the UK that you would like to play?

Fur Hood: The US. Japan. Anywhere else.

DS: What is your favourite youtube clip?

Fur Hood: Pete Drake

Pete Drake – Forever


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

Fur Hood: Just called Adam, the only truly Scottish member of the three . He says he is rigidly Scottish and can’t adapt to temperatures above 20 degrees. As an Englishman, I can’t personally comment, but I might miss Glasgow. The last time we played in Spain, in Seville, the two of us got in a very embarrassing fight, which started as self defence (the guy took my wallet). In hindsight I reckon we could have probably handled that a bit better. Learned a lesson for this time round.

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

Fur Hood: Dunno, quite like Orange Juice. I really like a band in Glasgow at the moment called ‘Moon Unit’. they’re either 1/3 or 2/3 Scottish. North American War too who are at least 3/4 Scottish!

Orange Juice – Poor Old Soul + Rip it Up


DS: What will be your first words on stage at 12y Medio Murcia on May 15th?

Fur Hood: Hola nosotros somos Fur Hood.

DS: What should the Scottish national anthem be?

Fur Hood: Surely the theme from Mendelssohns ‘Hebrides Overture’?

Felix Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture


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

Fur Hood:
Going home sober to bed.

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?

Fur Hood:
Somewhere warmer.

More Fur Hood at www.myspace.com/furhood

Fur Hood play at The Roxy in Edinburgh with Jonquil tomorrow night. Spanish gig info below.