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PAWS Youth Culture Forever (2014)

PAWS — Youth Culture Forever (June 10, 2014)

GBR Flag         PAWS — Youth Culture Forever 
Δ¤   A Scottish trio informed by indie rock and the '90s alternative scene.
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Album release: June 10, 2014
Record Label: FatCat Records
Duration:     41:37
01 Erreur Humaine     3:19  
02 Tongues     2:13  
03 Someone New     2:24  
04 Owls Talons Clenching My Heart     3:33  
05 Give Up     2:22  
06 Alone     3:56  
07 Honest Romance     2:48  
08 Narcissist     1:56  
09 Let's All Let Go     2:43  
10 Great Bear     1:58  
11 YCF     2:52  
12 War Cry     11:43
Group members:
Δ¤   Josh Swinney
Δ¤   Matt Scott
Δ¤   Phillip Taylor 
Δ   FatCat is delighted to presents the release of PAWS‘ second album, Youth Culture Forever, which saw the band decamp to a studio in the woods just outside New York to hone and expand on the sound that saw their debut Cokefloat! (October 9, 2012; ****)
Δ   Recording at Adam Pierce’s (Mice Parade/ Swirlies) studio in the woods outside of New York City, PAWS produced the album themselves in an attempt to strive for the sound that they had always imagined for the band. As Phillip Taylor from the band says “It feels like everybody considers our debut LP to be ‘lo-fi’, which really bothered us as we felt it was the complete opposite by comparison to our early releases”. He states that he wanted Youth Culture Forever to be “bigger and louder, softer and quieter” and to ”present the potential of our dynamic range more accurately than the first album”. This can be heard right from the album’s opener, ‘Erreur Humaine’, which opens with Taylor playing a gentle, lilting guitar riff and ruminating on the end of a relationship with typical searing honesty before the full band explode into life, sounding heavier, fuller, and darker than ever before.
Δ   Of the album’s title Taylor explains that it came to the band when he and Josh Swinney, PAWS’ drummer were watching an episode of the cartoon ‘Adventure Time’;
“One of the main characters screams “Youth Culture Forever!” jubilantly in an act of defiance towards an older character who was telling him that his new-fangled youthful ways of thinking and acting were silly and na...
Δ   Expanding on the theme, Taylor states that “Youth culture is forever changing but always retaining the same unmeasurable energy generation after generation. I want that energy to stay with me until I’m an old man, if I get that far.” His chances of doing so appeared slim at one point during the making of the album thanks to a terrifying run-in with a bear that had come out of the woods, but the band survived to make a thrilling album that captures that youthful energy and exuberance, distilling it into a coherent album that cements PAWS’ standing as a vital young band.
Artist Biography by Jason Lymangrover
Δ   Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, PAWS (all caps) are a trio who play indie rock with punky ferocity and a remarkable knack for pop hooks. Phillip Taylor, Josh Swinney, and Matt Scott formed as a cabin studio project and started recording at their first practice session. Following a small run of cassettes and a split 7" single for Edinburgh-based Gerry Loves Records, PAWS released their Mermaid EP and then went on to tour for most of 2010. Their debut album, Cokefloat!, was released on Fat Cat Records in 2012. The record was well received by the music press, and their subsequent heavy touring in the U.S. and Europe — alongside the likes of Japandroids, Bleached, the Breeders, and Ty Segall — amassed a dedicated and loyal fan base by 2013. They then parted ways with bassist Matt Scott, and Ryan Drever was recruited to fill the vacant space. Later in 2013 the trio traveled to upstate New York where they recorded their sophomore album at Mice Parade-founder Adam Pierce's home studio. Titled Youth Culture Forever, the record was due in 2014.

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