CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Saturday Recap
CMJ Music Marathon 2014: Beach Fossils, Small Black, Fiancé & Colony House @ Brooklyn Bowl

CMJ Music Marathon 2014: PAWS, SPLASHH & DIIV @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar

by Poppy GallowayCMJ 2014 PAWS Brooklyn bowlI arrived at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar last Tuesday just in time to catch Glasgow thrashers PAWS take the stage. Their set was three parts brutal garage punk to one part dream pop. Lots of yelling. Lots of jumping around. But then, washes of pretty melodies and hazy vocals, such as ‘Sore Tummy’. The band complained that their gear was ruined after touring, but I’m pretty sure at least one guitar was self-smashed by the close of the set. Yeah, rock n’ roll!

Having seen past projects from a couple of the members of SPLASHH in Sydney, Australia (R.I.P. Pineapple HeadDomeyko Gonzalez), I was keen to see what London & New York had done to their sound. It was sick, way more synth-heavy and progressive than than their popular early track ‘All I Wanna Do’, but still lovely and cloudy, and my favorite set of the night. Check out ‘Colour It In’ to get an idea of their exciting new direction.  

Brooklyn heavyweights DIIV also dished out some new material, but it was the old(er) favorites such as ‘Wait’, ‘Follow’ and ‘How Long Have You Known’ that created more of a buzz. A bizarre, monotone cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ had even the teeniest of boppers looking slightly puzzled.

More Tuesday pics below and here.

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