If you only listen to one song today, make it “Pony” by Paws (2012, from the album Cokefloat!).
Paws is an indie rock trio from Glasgow. Phillip and Josh are from the Highlands of Scotland, and met while they were in high school. They both loved punk rock and became fast friends because of it. Years later, through a mutual friend, they met Matt from Glasgow. Without even knowing what he was getting into and without even meeting the guys, he agreed to be their bassist. At the time, they were a foursome, but one guy has moved along to something else.
They released a couple of singles and an EP while playing support gigs for bands like Dum Dum Girls, No Age, Ariel Pink, Male Bonding, and Japandroids. In the autumn of 2012, they released their debut album Cokefloat!, which was met with favorable reviews.
Ian Cohen at Pitchfork gave Cokefloat! his signature rubber stamp rating of 7.1. Normally, I take exception with his reviews, and I still take exception with the fact that he bashes them simply because they’re in their 20s (as if they can do anything about that). However, his rating of 7.1 is exactly what everyone else is giving this record. And it’s probably what I’d give it if I were in the business of rating albums. Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day.
While it’s not going to land in my favorite albums of 2012, there are some pretty amazing songs on the record, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see some of them on people’s year-end mix tapes.
One of the things that I like about this band is that it’s patently obvious that these boys are really into Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth and other important Stateside indie punk bands of the 1980s/90s. Today’s song is one of those songs.
“Pony” by Paws
I love the Mascis-esque guitar bit that starts at about 0:56. Then, later in the song, around 2:49, there’s a guitar part worthy of comparison to what Steven J Malkmus was doing in Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair”. And that’s good enough for me.
You’ll probably end up playing this song again and again. Just go ahead and buy the record.
You can get Cokefloat! from their web store here.