PAWS Preview – Sticky Mike’s, Brighton 17/2/14

Posted: 16/01/2014 in Live Preview
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The central belt of Scotland has long been a hotbed of quality indie-rock. Not sure if there is a sociological reason, but it has. If it was America there would be a whole host of blow-hard documentaries about how it changed the world or something. They would have an effusing Henry Rollins and Dave Grohl singing the praises of The Vaselines*. The Scottish indie scene is more reserved than that, so you will just have to go by the quality of the bands and make your own assumptions.

Glasgow’s PAWS are really good. Instantly likeable good. They probably can’t tell you why they are so good, they just are. You get the impression they just wanted to be in a band. That they are pretty special is an added bonus.

It all looks on the up and up for the band. They are recording their first album for Brighton’s own FatCat Records later in the year. Trekking all the way to New York no less!

They have clocked up about a million gigs in the last three years, so providing the coming apocalypse is after 17/02 we are in for a startling evening out. PAWS could very well be one of the leading lights of the “new wave of 90s indie-rock”. Awaiting NME genre name with bated breath.

Thinking about it. Scottish and certain American accents sound similar when sung. Perhaps there’s a sociolinguistic reason? Or perhaps not.

*In all likelihood this has probably happened.

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