Pencils at the ready, everyone! Having recently signed to Fat Cat Records, Glasgow’s favourite garage pop-rock three-piece are going old school with new EP Misled Youth, releasing it as a limited, hand-numbered cassette, because who doesn’t like a bit of nostalgia?
BAINZ opens the EP on a laid back note, with casual conversational lyrics giving it that youthful, naive vibe that PAWS are well known for. However, for a laid back track, it’s actually still pretty powerful and surefooted, with driving guitar chords and crashing drums.
In contrast, The Hospital Song is much more upbeat, with a happy-go-lucky feel to it. If anything, it’s proof that when you don’t take music too seriously it’ll mostly likely always sound a lot better that way. And, as with music, so with life.
Linus Van Pelt is another mellow track, with some sweet surf-pop melodies. Phillip Taylor’s vocals are bittersweet, finding that happy medium between smooth and distorted, just enough to make the lyrics audible (well, sort of).
Clocking in at just under 1 and a half minutes, title track and EP highlight Misled Youth is rapid and relentless, with that innocent naivety in Phillip’s vocals, which are almost Kimya Dawson and The Mouldy Peaches-esque.
Final track Oh The Places You’ll Go is a great closer, simply because it finds a way of perfectly blending the menace, the fun and the laidback and surf-y sides of the band’s music, and the result is basically all the best elements of PAWS all in one song.
For a five track EP written and recorded in a week by three wee guys from Glasgow, Misled Youth is pretty damn spot on. Fresh from storming The Great Escape Festival in London, the band will be playing a launch gig at Sleazy’s on Sunday 20th May, as part of their tour with Bleached. But note that there are only 250 copies of the EP cassette so if you want one, be sure to get there early!
Review by Nina Glencross