Glasgow isn't a big place. Not really, not when compared to, say, London or Paris or Rome or New York. In the scheme of things, Glasgow's a fairly average sized city. So quite why it's always managed to produce such a plethora of shizoid, daredevil, boundary shagging musicians is beyond us.
Tonight (October 16th) Glasgow based bandits PAWS toast the release of their debut album at London's Shacklewell Arms - the East London boozer isn't going to know what hit it. By way of a preview, Clash asked lead shouter Phillip Taylor to talk about one of his favourite releases this year - 'Under Sleeping Waves' by Happy Particles.
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'Infinite Jet' from Happy Particles' LP 'Under Sleeping Waves' is my song of the year from any Glasgow band. It is absolutely beautiful. Walking around autumnal Glasgow post tour with no pennies to my name, listening to this on headphones and gently kicking leaves out of my path in the cold, dry sun is an absolute beggar’s banquet. Singer Steven Kane’s gentle vocal melody sliding between notes, every one more perfectly chosen than the last, is a sheer joy to listen to. Accompanied by guitar/key work that evokes Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity album, this track/album is quite simply some of the best music that Glasgow has to offer. I've never actually seen the band play, but I'm beside myself with excitement about making that happen ASAP.
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...and here's 'Infinite Jet' as a free download.
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PAWS are set to play the Shacklewell Arms tonight (October 16th) with Big Deal in support. It's free, so get yr ass down there.