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Death to Traitors

4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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Paw is one American guitar band smart enough to realize how many predecessors it can steal from. The Kansas trio isn't ashamed to borrow from Nirvana grunge, Van Halen crunch, Soul Asylum hooks, R.E.M. jangle, or Springsteen frat-rock--often in the same song. "I Hope To Die Tonight" opens with a shimmering wave of guitar distortion, but that soon recedes to reveal a first verse boasting an understated, arpeggiated melody and a romantic plea: "When I squeeze too hard, would you stop and tell me so--I never seem to know." That gives way, in turn, to a hard-rock chorus featuring hammering drums, blasting guitar chords, and a screaming vocal: "I hope I die tonight; everything's too perfect now!" This constant shifting of gears only works because every rhythm riff and single-note phrase that guitarist Grant Fitch comes up with is catchy and power driven. And Mark Hennessy is one of those rare singers who can scream and roar with perfect pitch and crisp articulation. Fitch's kid brother Peter is the drummer, and the band has gone through a series of bassists. Together they have loaded up Death to Traitors with 14 consistently impressive songs, including two low-key acoustic-guitar numbers sung by Grant Fitch and several loud, jagged rants, including the title cut, which sound uncannily like Pearl Jam. --Geoffrey Himes
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Daniel J. Fortune on November 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I find it strange that this album is so under the radar. I read other reviews that compare Paw to Pearl Jam- balls. While Paw has the same alt-rock sound as PJ, they dump the pretentiousness of said Jam, and just rock the f*ck out. Their lyrics tell stories of real people and don't waste time with the kind of crap Eddie Vedder thought of the last time he ate mushrooms.
It's too bad Paw didn't get more attention. It always seems that the bands that are good don't.
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When I first got turned on to Paw's album 'dragline' back in early 90's, I was hooked. I had the privilege to see them on that tour and on the 'Death To Traitors' tour in Houson, Texas. The band stands alone. I never put them in the same catagory with Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. I let the critics to do that. I thought these guys were down home original rockers who put rock back into a grunged out era. I listen to 'Death To Traitors' everyday and I'm proud to be one of there fans. I would like to know this though, where in the hell are they? and can I email them somehow? Anyone know?
Thank you.
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We'd have a revolution on our hands. Paw is one of those bands that never got the credit or promotional backing that they deserved. If only the right people were behind these guys, if the album were to get into the right hands, and the videos were released and played to the general public, music fans and critics alike would be praising Paw instead of Nirvana and Pearl Jam.

Not that there's anything wrong with Nirvana and Pearl Jam; but take a listen to "Hope I Die Tonight" or "Jessie" from Paw's 1993 release, "Dragline", and you would find it hard to dispute my (and other fans') points of view. It saddens me deeply that a band like this is forced to split because their label drops them. And what for? Just because A&M couldn't hire the proper execs in the first place to skyrocket this quartet of kansas rockers into the main stream? It's a shame Paw had to split because of the strict standards their label put on them. If they weren't doing so well, put them under Soundgarden's wing for awhile. The fans and seattle rockers alike would eat it up, and the tours would be twice as explosive. After all, Soundgarden was on your label too, and they seemed to be doing pretty well around 1994-1995.

But that's the sad story of the music biz. I find it frustrating myself as a musical artist, because I too am not getting the support and backing I need because everyone is concerned about John Mayer and Blink 182 these days. But that's how it goes. More and more artists are seeking indie labels and making themselves known in the underground. If you're not concerned about names, labels, or popularity... pick this one up. If you're more concerned about names or labels, I guess that leaves more copies for the rest of us. Buy it, lend it to a friend, and get this good music out.

...an easy 5 stars.
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I have "dragline" and "death to traitors" I've been saying for years now that Paw is the MOST underrated band ever. They're virtually unknown but both their albums are amazing. Whoever promoted these guys should have been fired.
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I'm in total agreement with Daniel. Paw and grunge are like apples and oranges. Pearl Jam worries about freeing Tibet, Paw worries about freeing beer from a cooler, or freeing their leg up from under a tractor. Paw's music definitely comes from a farmhand's perspective. Simple lyrics about girls and drinking, and heavy on the power chords. This album may not be Dragline-good, but it could easily make Staind or Hoobastank's career.
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