Scottish trio PAWS to release new album ‘Your Church on My Bonfire”‘ on 26th April and share first single, “Not Enough”

February 25, 2019




After several long years marked by devastating losses, broken relationships, lineup changes and numerous tours across the globe playing shows alongside bands like Frightened Rabbit, The Cribs, Death Cab For Cutie and Japanese Breakfast, Scottish rock trio PAWS will soon release Your Church On My Bonfire, their fourth album and first full-length since 2016’s Mark Hoppus-produced No Grace.

Rather than let the massively life-altering changes they endured overwhelm them or drive them into silence, PAWS chose to embrace those changes, allowing what came after to inspire a new version of the band reflective of the people they became in the process.

Produced by Andy Monaghan of Frightened RabbitYour Church On My Bonfire comes out April 26 on Ernest Jenning Record Co. Pre-orders are available now.

Along with the album comes a new single from PAWS called “Not Enough.” Their first in nearly three years, “Not Enough” finds vocalist and songwriter Phillip Taylor at his most tender yet, intimately addressing difficult issues like death, loss, forgiveness, regret, and mental health with touching candidness.

The video, which premired on Brooklyn Vegan, draws its artistic inspiration from a memorable lyric byThe Postal Service, the offbeat side project from Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard turned indie cult classic: “I’ve made charts and graphs that should finally make it clear / I’ve prepared a lecture on why I have to leave.”

Your Church On My Bonfire was recorded in Scotland in October 2018. Producer and mixing engineerAndy Monaghan (Frightened Rabbit) brought out a gentler side of PAWS previously masked by noisy guitars and raucous drums. Whereas No Grace showcased the trio at their most personally withdrawn, letting the instrumentation bear the emotional load, Your Church finds a band unafraid to lay themselves bare.

“This record documents the last three years of my life,” says Taylor. “It focuses lyrically on themes like hindsight with regards to personal relationships and people that are no longer a part of your life, especially those that may have made a large impact on you and your development as a person, as well as change and developing to your surroundings as they shift around you.”

Mar 12th – 17th | Austin, TX – SXSW
May 10th | Glasgow – CCA 
May 11th | Edinburgh – Summerhall
Jul 19th | Scotland – Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival 
Aug 02nd | Scotland – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival 

More UK dates to come!

Taylor’s introspection shines on songs like “What We Want,” a ballad about coming to understand his father – and coming to terms with their tumultuous relationship – in the aftermath of his passing, and“The Slow Sprint,” which features vocals from Gregory and the Hawk vocalist Meredith Godreau and offers an outstretched hand of hope to a lost soul struggling to find their place.

1. What We Want
2. Not Enough
3. The Watering Hole
4. Joanna
5. Anything Worse
6. Honoured To Be Honest
7. Like Some Injured Fawn
8. The Slow Sprint (Feat. Meredith Godreau)
9. Milk, Honey and Sweat
10. Arachnids
11. Not Goodbye (See You Later)

Though PAWS have never shied away from using their music to forge emotional connections, Your Church On My Bonfire is a direct invitation for listeners to take an honest look at themselves, their relationships and the world around them and find beauty, compassion and kinship in the smallest things.

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