Paws, Total Slacker, Flashlights
Paws has learned what made the ’90s important. Every night they perform, they take it off the rails in a way that few bands of that era ever did. Spin liked them at 2013’s South by Southwest music fest, and Pitchfork handed Cokefloat! a respectable 7.1 rating the year before.
They’re not so much exacting songcrafters as they are mimics of a distinctly American genre. The total Paws experience is like looking at old Bikini Kill or Pavement videos, right down to the adenoidal vocals, the clothes, band equipment with duct tape on guitars, and their deeply disturbing songs about the unattainable.