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.