Spin (6/93, p.78) - Highly Recommended - "...a bunch of sexually frustrated young men playing really loud...on the surface, not much to work with.... But then there's [singer] Hennessy's voice--he's a superb yelling singer ....Paired properly with Grant Fitch's warm guitar buzz...it glints..."
Entertainment Weekly (5/7/93, p.58) - "...when guitarist Grant Fitch mixes his metal-gnashing connect-the-riffs with sparkly melodic interludes, he's got stadium lights in his eyes..." - Rating: B
Q (10/93, p.107) - 3 Stars - "...PAW are...a bearded, downhome combo with a natural feel for throbbing rhythms...a blood rush of gruff- voiced excitement..."
Melody Maker (8/14/93, p.30) - "...12 chunks of raw, thundering emotion, all delivered in a deadly combination of pile-driving, metal-edged rhythms, devastatingly sweet, sometimes acoustic guitar and [vocalist] Mark's naked howl...."
NME (Magazine) (8/14/93, p.27) - (6) - Good - "...[Paw]'s power lie in their roughshod honesty, their graceless detailing of country life, and their honest storytelling..."
Paw: Mark Hennessy (vocals), Grant Fitch (guitar), Charles Bryan (bass), Peter Fitch (drums).
Recorded at Smart Studios, Madison, Wisconsin in the fall of 1992. Includes liner notes by Paw.
Dragline was recorded in Madison, WI, but Paw's influences are pure Seattle. Very much a grunge album, Dragline comes out of the Nirvana/Pearl Jam school of alternative rock and finds Paw fluctuating between the musical and the forceful. On such tunes as "Sleeping Bag" and "The Bridge," substantial melodies and harmonies contrast nicely with punk-like outbursts and metallic intensity. Like Pearl Jam, Paw can bring to mind Neil Young, Black Flag and Metallica within the course of a single song. To be sure, Paw's writing isn't in a class with that of Nirvana or Pearl Jam -- Dragline is hardly a CD that one should choose over Nirvana's In Utero or Pearl's Ten. But it's generally competent, if overly derivative. ~ Alex Henderson