This is an unusual entry in that I have no real personal experience of this band, I’ve never seen them live and have no personal memories related to any of their songs. I didn’t even know they existed before Pitchfork reviewed their album in October. I generally hate Pitchfork, I really do…but I do visit the site occasionally just to see what those self-important fucks have considered worthy of reviewing. Cokefloat! got a good score I think, but it was the artwork and the mention of Glasgow that caught my interest. So I listened to it on spotify, then again and again and again. Last.fm now tells me I’ve listed to Paws about 250 times since mid-October, which is pretty good considering I only use spotify at work.
It’s just a great album. Much of the album involves dealing with loss (of a parent). Perhaps not the cheeriest of subject matters, but it manages to mix sad and hopeful and is just very sweet and moving as opposed to depressing.
“If a kid at school had broken my arm or a girl had smashed my heart, she would hold me, tell me it was their loss…life goes on” (Catherine 1956)
I don’t know what to say really and it’s one of those days when I don’t really feel like writing. Have a listen, maybe it will grab you too. I think it’s awesome and beautiful from start to finish, the melodies, the lyrics, and the awesome screaming. We all need to do (and hear) a bit of screaming every now and then.
You can buy Cokefloat! on CD/vinyl from Fat Cat Records. I finally ordered it myself yesterday, yes I did.
“If you don’t even know my favourite food or animal, how can I depend on you?” (Get Bent)
There are also some nice session videos of the band on the Fat Cat youtube channel. Here’s one.
Awesome stuff. Now, I’d really like to see these guys live.