Fresh from being nominated for the Scottish Album of the Year Award, Glasgow based trio PAWS play a sold out show in The Poetry Club.
Support for the evening comes from Polarnecks; it’s a very lively set from the Glasgow based alt/punk rock band, with emotive lyrics, rasping guitars and a drummer that makes you dizzy just watching him, they really set the tone for the rest of the evening.
Suitably warmed up, PAWS take to stage; their first show in Glasgow this year and they return back with a bang!
Bursting into a heavy new song, ‘Complete Contempt’, then straight into crowd favourite ‘Tongues’.
A timid crowd to begin with but PAWS are veterans in working a crowd and the whole room is dancing and singing in no time.
Highlights include ‘Bloodline’, crowd sing-along ‘Catherine 1956’ and ‘Miss American Bookworm’, which, according to bassist Ryan Drever, is only the fourth time the band have played it live ever.
Also, we were treated to some new songs from the forthcoming third album
The night finishes, “quickly, before we get kicked out!”, with frontman, Philip Taylor joining us in the crowd to play last single, ‘Owls Talons Clenching My Heart’, inviting the crowd to sing with him.
The sheer talent and musicianship shines through the closing song as they stop and start in between sections flawlessly despite not being able to see one another.
The band finished the hour-long set looking exhausted, but extremely proud of the performance they had just put on.
PAWS are rapidly growing a great fan-base not only in the UK but also overseas in the US.
Recently touring with We Are Scientists, their new best pals, it has also just been announced that new friend Mark Hoppus will be helping them in recording their upcoming album.
Words/Photos: Nathan Matheson