Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Death to Traitors
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Paw is one American guitar band smart enough to realize how many predecessors it can steal from. The Kansas trio isn't ashamed to borrow from Nirvana grunge, Van Halen crunch, Soul Asylum hooks, R.E.M. jangle, or Springste... more »
Paw is one American guitar band smart enough to realize how many predecessors it can steal from. The Kansas trio isn't ashamed to borrow from Nirvana grunge, Van Halen crunch, Soul Asylum hooks, R.E.M. jangle, or Springsteen frat-rock--often in the same song. "I Hope To Die Tonight" opens with a shimmering wave of guitar distortion, but that soon recedes to reveal a first verse boasting an understated, arpeggiated melody and a romantic plea: "When I squeeze too hard, would you stop and tell me so--I never seem to know." That gives way, in turn, to a hard-rock chorus featuring hammering drums, blasting guitar chords, and a screaming vocal: "I hope I die tonight; everything's too perfect now!" This constant shifting of gears only works because every rhythm riff and single-note phrase that guitarist Grant Fitch comes up with is catchy and power driven. And Mark Hennessy is one of those rare singers who can scream and roar with perfect pitch and crisp articulation. Fitch's kid brother Peter is the drummer, and the band has gone through a series of bassists. Together they have loaded up Death to Traitors with 14 consistently impressive songs, including two low-key acoustic-guitar numbers sung by Grant Fitch and several loud, jagged rants, including the title cut, which sound uncannily like Pearl Jam. --Geoffrey Himes
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Daniel J. Fortune | New York, NY | 11/10/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I find it strange that this album is so under the radar. I read other reviews that compare Paw to Pearl Jam- balls. While Paw has the same alt-rock sound as PJ, they dump the pretentiousness of said Jam, and just rock the f*ck out. Their lyrics tell stories of real people and don't waste time with the kind of crap Eddie Vedder thought of the last time he ate mushrooms.
It's too bad Paw didn't get more attention. It always seems that the bands that are good don't."
Paw is original
David | Honolulu, HI USA | 04/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I first got turned on to Paw's album 'dragline' back in early 90's, I was hooked. I had the privilege to see them on that tour and on the 'Death To Traitors' tour in Houson, Texas. The band stands alone. I never put them in the same catagory with Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. I let the critics to do that. I thought these guys were down home original rockers who put rock back into a grunged out era. I listen to 'Death To Traitors' everyday and I'm proud to be one of there fans. I would like to know this though, where in the hell are they? and can I email them somehow? Anyone know?
How is this band so unknown?
Glenn A. Naughton | Melbourne, FL United States | 05/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have "dragline" and "death to traitors" I've been saying for years now that Paw is the MOST underrated band ever. They're virtually unknown but both their albums are amazing. Whoever promoted these guys should have been fired."