Scottish garage-rock band PAWS kick off their US tour tomorrow, and to celebrate the band put together a tour-only tape EP,limited to 50 handmade copies. You can stream the EP in its entirety above.
PAWS rose out of the demise of a living room recording project, that after losing a member, was renamed and redirected into a raw nerve of DIY punk/garage that’s vibrant yet familiar and built on the traditions of English pop from Buzzcocks to Yuck. The band has spent its tenure opening for the likes of No Age, Wavves, Happy Birthday, The Babies, Harlem, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti and Black Lips and that DIY spirit pops up in the fact that they’ve done so in spaces as diverse as bathrooms, skate parks and a particularly difficult show on the top of a double-decker bus.
Lyrical topics slide between sarcastic self-analysis and, onto more so than often, brutal home truths. Phil, the band’s resident lyricist sums the album’s themes;
“All of the lyrics are pretty much a documentation of the past 2 years. A lot of crazy things have happened in our lives – some good, some horrific. I’d like to say that there is a strong feeling of positivity and hope running throughout this record, light piercing through some distinctly dark times. We’re playing in this band to keep going and stay alive.
7. Sore Tummy
8. Get Bent
10. Miss American Bookworm
11. Bird Inside Birdcage, Ribcage Inside Bird
12. Winners Don’t Bleed
13. Poor Old Christopher Robin