Youth Culture Forever (CD)


PAWS

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Amoeba Review

05/05/2014

Lo-fi vocal effects, reverbed guitars and distorted choruses—it’s familiar territory, sure, but you won’t care on PAWS’ new album. What sets the Scottish trio apart is a remembrance for the sort of emotional tug that used to mark many such bands—it’s not just the sound that counts, after all. And PAWS’ vocals cut through cleanly with an emotional punch. “Struck down by grief, you see me retreat back into my team, goodbye self-esteem,” PAWS sing on “Errerur Humaine,” and their emotional nakedness (once negatively called “emo”) sounds revelatory in an age where attempted coolness keeps too many bands from connecting. It’s not even remotely whiney, though. PAWS’ songs have more of a fuck-all quality to their complaints, and usually a few great hooks or catchy alt-rock arrangement to go with them, as on the irresistible “Tongues.” Even their ballads have bite, as the awesomely titled “Owls Talons Clenching My Heart” moves gracefully on a mopey, country jangle but packs a great shoutalong chorus. “Fuck what the others think,” singer Phillip Taylor sings on the pretty solitary “Alone,” and it might as well be a mantra for the band. For all their youthful awkwardness, PAWS are incredibly good at making you feel something, and making their songs stick in your head like peanut butter.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Erreur Humaine
PAWS 03:19
2.
Tongues
PAWS 02:13
3.
Someone New
PAWS 02:23
4.
Owls Talons Clenching My Heart
PAWS 03:32
5.
Give Up
PAWS 02:21
6.
Alone
PAWS 03:55
7.
An Honest Romance
PAWS 02:47
8.
Narcissist
PAWS 01:55
9.
Let's All Let Go
PAWS 02:43
10.
Great Bear
PAWS 01:58
11.
YCF
PAWS 02:51
12.
War Cry
PAWS 11:43

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