On Monday night (17th), Scottish indie rockers Paws played an unusual 30 minute free seated gig for BBC radio in Edinburgh.
A nice set up for a band which, as you may know, rather like small sweaty packed out venues. It was a bit like we were witnessing a "posh Paws", met with ever so polite applause at BBC. It was like the front row of a Copenhagen TV studio in the 70's...I'm getting a bit old I know. Anyway, the band started with Catherine 1956 from the first album Cokefloat, followed by classics such as Sore Tummy, Tongues and An Honest Romance. But in all honesty, it felt much more like a promotion gig rather than a proper DIY show. But it did not matter. The band, which just finished recording their third album, treated the Beeb crowd to a few new songs. Probably played live for the first time, I left the gig thinking these new songs are not as catchy as the old ones. But then I do know the old repertoire pretty well. It is still very Paws, but lower key in a way. Nonetheless, it was nice to hear their future sound, and to be able to pick out the little details within it.
In a way it's relieving that the band are sticking to their sound, and not going for the easy appeal of making manufactured pop music. The ethos remains the same, and that is one of the reasons why the band has such a big and loyal fan base. And I'm sure that I will enjoy putting this record on my stereo when it comes out. And what's more I am sure that Paws will go down in Scottish music history amongst other greats such as The Fire Engines or Orange Juice. As always, lead singer Philip handled the crowd perfectly with his stage presence. Though it was not planned and the quality may be a little 'DIY', here are three videos of the gig in its entirety (before BBC radio 6 releases theirs)!
Paws Edinburgh Festival 7/10