Concert Reviews

The Brilliant Paws Continue a Frustrating Tour in Denver

The road has been rough on Paws. Last week, a thief broke into the Scottish band's van while they were stopped in Seattle and stole money and equipment, including a laptop and a hard drive containing much of the group's early recordings and work on planned future projects. At last night's gig with Total Slacker at the Marquis Theater, they played to a weeknight crowd that peaked at just 21 people (23, if you counted the bartender and the bouncer watching from the sidelines). At times during their set, the accumulated frustrations seemed to be finally getting to them.

"I am so far from home, and I have lost all patience," singer-guitarist Philip Taylor told the audience during one break between songs. It's this kind of hardship that makes touring bands pack it in.

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Adam Roy is a contributor of Westword, a former editor at Outside and Matador Network, his writing has also appeared in Paste, High Country News and other online and print publications nationally and abroad.
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