Glasgow-based indie-rockers PAWS released a really rather fine album in 2012, titled ‘Cokefloat!’. The record made the longlist for the 2013 SAY Award – news here – which is just another way of saying: t’was very good.
The “infectious, lo-fi, garage pop-rock”* band – Phil, Josh and Ryan – have since set about recording a follow-up, as most of these bands tend to do. And they’ve been doing so abroad, in the United States. Get them and their air miles.
(* To quote the band’s label, FatCat.)
A video documentary – that’s selling it a little grandly, but you get what we mean – of the process can be viewed above, exclusive to this here site that you’re staring at. Some words on album number two (which will be released in 2014) can be read below, from the fair hand of the band’s own Phil:
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“Upstate New York in the fall was as beautiful as we thought it would be. We'd seen it in the spring and we’d seen it in the summer, but fall was something we were really looking forward to. An hour outside of Manhattan, in the forest, we hibernated in a studio putting together our sophomore record – a PAWS-produced record with Jeremy Backofen in the engineering seat.
“Having engineered records like Frightened Rabbit’s sophomore record ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’ in this very studio, and produced records like Gregory And The Hawk’s ‘Moeni And Kitchi’ as well as a lot of The Felice Brothers’ back catalogue... we were very excited to work with the man that they call ‘Searcher’.
“We tracked the bones live and kept things simple. This time around, though, we wished to spend that little bit more time on emphasising the dynamics in the new songs that we’ve crafted. Experimenting with new instruments in overdubbing for a touch of depth. It was an absolute pleasure and joy to have Isabel Castellvi of Brooklyn, NY join us in the studio to contribute her magnificent cello playing to three songs on our latest effort, to explore timbre and mood a pinch more.
“Long days were spent in the cabin. Sometimes some of us fell asleep in the control room. There were bears. It was a close call. We really can’t wait to let everybody hear the record that we have made. We are truly proud of it.”
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Find PAWS online here.