SAY YES DOG are a Dutch synthie-electro-pop band, or so they like to describe themselves. Their new record “Plastic Love” is chill and melancholy, introspective and club-friendly. It’s intricate and simple. Disco meets wistfulness and coexist in peace.
Plastic Love is out Now. Available on iTunes and all the digital retailers.
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Thanks to Nicolas Van Dyck
Photo Benjamin Park
Patricia Tavares De Oliveira
The summer has been great, we’ve played in front of many really wonderful people. We really enjoy festival time in summer and now that people can actually listen to our new songs we’re so looking forward to play ‘our own’ concerts throughout the next months.
Your new album “Plastic Love” is at once upbeat and wistful. It’s chill and trippy yet bordering on sad. An upper/downer mélange. Was this a conscious decision or did it sort of creep up during the writing process?
I think that has always been a thing about our music. Maybe because we’re positive people and we want our music to be transported into the legs and hearts of our listeners but as everyone else we also have our dark sides.
You’ve been compared to such big bands as Hot Chip and Metronomy. What’s your response to that?
In general we can’t really make a lot out of these comparisons but in this case we will make an exception and are pleased to hear those bands in one sentence with us. Especially Metronomy had a big influence to all of us over the last years.
What are some of your influences? Is Depeche Mode one of them? Who has inspired you the most collectively?
There are a lot of bands who can give us inspiration, some of them to all of us, lyricwise or musically, a lot of bands from really different genres, Depeche Mode not really being one of them. Just to name a few: DJ Koze, Matthew Herbert, The Beatles, Metronomy, Balthazar, Mount Kimbie
You all have a fairly technical background. What is your approach to music? How do you go about making a song?
I think its important not to approach this subject too technical but it definitely helps to know what has to be done and what is possible. Most of the time Aaron comes up with an idea for a song, a hook or a specific beat and then we get together and work out the whole thing into a song.
The titles to your songs on this album are short and to the point and the track are all very catchy, yet there’s this pervasive forlornness. What is “Plastic Love” about?
We wanted to give the word plastic a more ‘loving’ meaning since this kind of music is often referred to as computer made and heartless. Or steril, just like plastic is. And we thought it was time to show our love for this music and to show that it doesnt have to feel like this. And a lot of the songs are about love and everything that comes with it, lost friendships, ecstasy or strong doubting ..it is still what really gets to us.
How long did it take to produce “Plastic Love”? What were some of the challenges you faced?
It took a while, some of the songs had been around for a while but we wanted to take the time to make a record that we all feel good about and that is not just a random collection of songs but a closed work. Additionally, we’ve been living in different countries for a while, that didn’t make it easier. But now we’re all reunited in Berlin.
If you could do anything differently, what would it be?
We don’t have any regrets except for some food that we ate on tour.
Any chance we’ll see you in Paris soon?
Yes! We’ll be there the 14th of October at Mama Festival!
Your motto in life?
Our motto, don’t play Lotto!