In that pleasant, nicely sized venue in Rotterdam called Rotown we first were introduced to Machete Nightclub. While the warming up music was still filling my ears, something more eastern came through, but not taking over. A strange experience. Was the show starting or not? Especially as this had happened before, after which people started to work on cables and plugs and whatever at the side of the stage. It did start with five guys on the stage, of which one started to play along tho the eastern melody, which had taken over by now, on eastern sounding percussion.
Pauw started with an empty stage also and a make over of Pink Floyd's 'Any Colour You Like'. All the sounds came by in a slightly different form. The light show in the background started as if it had to be swung into life. From this dot flickering on and off, slowly a psychedelic experience unfolded that did not stop until the very last note. Swirling and twirling the whole time.
Pauw delivered completely on the promise of its album. It managed to flesh out some of the songs, which made it hard to know when one song ended and another started. Singer Brian Potts helped us there at times by making a short announcement. What makes Pauw interesting to listen to is that most of its songs have a few great melodies within them, riffs that stand out. Both on the keyboards and the guitar. Melodies that remind me in a pleasant way of heroes from long ago like Pink Floyd, Earth & Fire and others, but are innovative enough to have relevance in the here and now. The songs are more than just a trip down memory lane or a study in 60s recording techniques, like e.g. with Jacoo Gardner's first album. Pauw is not that good as the mentioned examples yet, but shows the potential that could lead to greatness. Time will tell. Pauw does rock and invites to move and has a few songs that are total winners.
One tip though. The singing has to be a bit better placed in the mix. It was hard to hear at times.
You can listen to 'Memories' here:
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