PAWS // No Grace

Categories:  Music    Music Reviews
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 10:45 AM
PAWS // No Grace by Nick Warren

PAWS

No Grace

FatCat Records

3.5/5 stars

Many of today’s late-20-somethings share a soft spot for the pop punk of their youth. The shift of No Grace, with its Blink-182 inspired sound might not be much of a surprise. Even after listening to this album a handful of times, one could still be shocked to find out that the producer was none other than Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus. With this information, it’s easy to mistakenly picture PAWS as little more than a vehicle for the producer’s ideas. Hearing the album’s eponymous opening track, the listener instantly recalls the inescapable Vans commercial that was “The Rock Show.” That being said, some things may be good to spread. This album is highly listenable and insatiably catchy. Track highlights include “Impermanent,” “Clarity,” and “Gild the Lily.” The band’s first two albums, 2012’s Cokefloat and 2014’s Youth Culture Forever, were fantastic records. This trio from Glasgow, Scotland knows how to make great music. At the end of the day, maybe PAWS have simply made a record that’s a little less lo-fi, at a faster and more consistent tempo – and there’s some grace in that. – Nick Warren

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 15
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

The endangered Piping Plover makes its way back to Erie after a 50 year absence.

Erie still getting its Sister Act together

Dispatches from an American in Cuba 

Award-winning woodcarver, Fredy Mallqui connects history and passion

 

Familial vibe keeps annual fest alive

IN THIS ISSUE

Erie still getting its Sister Act together

Dispatches from an American in Cuba 

Award-winning woodcarver, Fredy Mallqui connects history and passion

 

Familial vibe keeps annual fest alive

The chance to see Galactic Duo's Tony Grey and Ian Maciak should not be missed.

The Playhouse has planned a weekend of festivities to celebrate their 100th anniversary. 

Fleet Foxes hasn’t really skipped a beat since their first record in 2011.

The Erie Reader's list of top 10 favorite releases from the year so far.

Thick Skin

The tragedy of Trump’s decisions