Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Homecoming” by PAWS from the 2012 album Cokefloat! on FatCat.
Bored and restless, PAWS was born out of the ashes of the Glasgow quartet A Copenhagen Hope, with three members remaining from that band to form the garage pop trio PAWS after jamming with each other for a few days. Recording nearly as fast as they could write the songs, PAWS put out their first cassettes on their own label before being signed by FatCat early in 2012. Their debut album, Cokefloat!, may be longer than their self-released cassettes, but it’s just as vital, carrying punchy choruses and slick hooks through each three-minute pop workout. “Homecoming”, the third track on the album, is a prime example of the band’s ethic - sharply crafted pop songwriting run through fuzzy lo-fi recording equipment and executed with an emphasis on enthusiasm over precision. If the sugar rush of “Homecoming” is any indicator, the rainy afternoons of their youth never got PAWS too down on Scotland, music, or life.
Although the trio just finished a string of European dates with Japandroids, PAWS don’t have any specific dates lined up at the moment, but they are planning to come Stateside in 2013 (including a stop at SXSW). To hear about any new shows, keep a tab on their website and Facebook page , but until they announce those dates, watch the video for the Cokefloat! track “Jellyfish” here: