PAWS, The Harley, Glossop Road
“Sore-throated and sabre-toothed,” is how one music magazine recently described PAWS.
And it pretty much sums up this visceral Glasgow punk trio.
The band formed in the ashes of a briefly lived but passionately loved “Violent Femmes-esque” quartet called A Copenhagen Hope. After the departure of founding member Nick Anderson in 2010, the remaining three bandmates – Phillip Taylor, Josh Swinney and Matthew Scott – remodelled and reformed as PAWS. Matthew has since been replaced by Ryan Drever.
For their first show saw them opening for Dum Dum Girls in their home town on a sold-out bill – and the three-piece’s reputation has been growing ever since.
They self-recorded and released most of their early writings on a bedroom-run cassette label which Phillip had started called Cath Records. The first 7-inch vinyl was put out in 2011 on Edinburgh-based indie label Gerry Loves Records.
In October 2011 their debut full-length album Cokefloat! was released. A relentless touring schedule over the last three years – taking in the UK, Europe and the US – has turned PAWS into a tight but vicious outfit.
They have headlined their own shows as well as supporting the likes of The Cribs, We Are Scientists, Japandroids and Bleached,
This year their sophomore album will be released on FatCat Records, recorded in New York.
Another music mag called them “a raucous, cantankerous punk mélange”. And that, too, sums them up pretty well.
PAWS play tomorrow, with support from Sheffield bands Avida Dollars and Brazinskas. Tickets £5, available from harleylive.co.uk