PAWS: Misled Youth EP (Fat Cat Records)
The Glasgow garage-pop-punks PAWS have served their debut EP with a hefty dose of nostalgia by releasing it as a limited edition hand-numbered cassette. Sarah Lay gives us a run through of Misled Youth.
There is a dreamy vibe to the debut EP from PAWS; a distorted, distant effect on the laid-back vocal, melodic tripping guitar chased by the urgency and surety of the drums.
The five tracks take in moments of brilliant, blinding pop and rushing, scuzzy rock to showcase the simplicity and spontaneity of the trio.
Opener BAINZ evokes the spirit of early Strokes numbers before mellowing out into a shoegaze territory. While it’s by no means a disappointing song it’s the least representative of the EP as a whole and this is perhaps due to coming from a different session to the week-long one in which the rest of them were written and recorded.
But where track one lulls The Hospital Song puts a foot to the floor and races along, its pretty melody teasing the feedback laden vocal line.
Linus Van Pelt slows things back, that elusive vocal fading in and out as a warmth and playfulness, reminiscent of the best of the 90’s britpop crowd, shimmies flirtatiously in front of you.
But where Linus Van Pelt was surf-pop title track Misled Youth (see above) is pure rambunctious energy. A blistering burst of power that throws you about before burning out after little more than a minute. It definitely leaves you wanting more.
It’s cleverly juxtaposed with last track Oh, The Place You’ll Go. A quiet start that is shoved out of the way by an insistent riff and those trademark vocal stylings.
The whole EP glistens with promise. A teenage fumble fuelled by excitement, innocence and enthusiasm. It’s imperfect, but lovely too. PAWS are evolving and could very well grow to be pretty special.
You can get get one of the 250 hand-numbered cassettes which comes with download codes from the Fat Cat Records online store.