PAWS are Phillip, Josh and Ryan.
The band formed in the ashes of a briefly (but passionately) lived “Violent Femme-esque”, Glasgow-based band called “A Copenhagen Hope”. After the departure of one of its founding members (Nick Anderson) the remaining three friends (Phillip Taylor, Josh Swinney and Matthew Scott) formed PAWS, initially practising in a freezing log cabin in the snowy Highlands.
After their first show opening for Dum Dum Girls in Glasgow on a sold out bill, the band began to establish a strong presence in the city and the surrounding area, with news quickly travelling around Scotland. The buzz surrounding the band was aided by a batch of self-recorded tracks, released on a DIY cassette label Phillip had started called Cath Records, and cult Edinburgh-based indie label Gerry Loves Records got in touch to release the band’s debut 7” in 2011.
At the start of 2012 PAWS signed with Brighton/Brooklyn based FatCat Records. Their first release for the label was their “Misled Youth EP” in May of that year. In October their debut full length album “Cokefloat!” was released to critical acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, BBC, and The 405. The album was recorded by ex-Test Icicle, Rory Attwell on the boat/studio “Lightship95” docked in London’s Trinity Buoy Wharf.
A relentless touring schedule throughout their first three years has seen PAWS tour the UK, Europe, and the USA, gathering a strong and loyal fan base in the process. The band have toured with Japandroids, Bleached, We Are Scientists, The Cribs and have also opened shows for The Breeders, Fucked Up, Mates Of State, No Age, Wavves, Ty Segall among many others. Spin Magazine placed the band at number four on their “Top 50 Best Acts at SXSW Festival 2013”, where they managed to pack in a frightening number of shows.
PAWS bash out infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock that can quickly shift from cute melancholia to an unnerving territorial roar. On top of the pulsating noise the 3 piece produce sit dreamy melodies that bare the bones of their author. Lyrical topics slide between sarcastic self-analysis and brutal home truths. Their energetic live show highlights the dynamics in their music and lyrics - soft, warm, and comforting verses that lead you unknowingly into a vicious, claws-out attack from the chorus.
In spring 2013 Matthew departed from the band to pursue other interests and Ryan Drever (No Island/Garden Of Elks) was added to complete the PAWS puzzle.
2014 saw the release of their second album ‘Youth Culture Forever’, recorded in upstate New York.