THE T.A.W.S. - Beyond The Path

The T.A.W.S. - Beyond The Path

11 songs
48:08 minutes
***** ***
M & O


From the western coast of France comes indie rock band The T.A.W.S. which was founded in 2010 and then took another seven years to finally release their first longplayer Beyond The Path. In between they also released the EP Dreamland Will Never Fall and played a lot of concerts. Influences are Paramore and A Day To Remember, band that I am too old to know anymore, but I can say that The T.A.W.S. music appealed to me from the very beginning.

The band sounds as if they had written the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer. Beyond The Path oscillates skilfully between pop and rock, paying attention to never sound too commercial, coming with a nice indie touch. Vocalist Elodie Jouault has a firm and occasionally cheeky voice that reminds me of No Doubt. The songs are never too complex and always get quickly to the point. Despite the songs being generally over four minutes long, the band never fails to maintain the tension, so that they donít risk boring the listener. The powerful production, the dynamic guitar riffs and the very able rhythm faction help to underline to good impression. The band also takes care to add enough variety. The first single Just Like Puppets is somewhat quieter without being too pop, and also the melancholic Now I Can See is a convincing tune. My favourite track is Get Naked, a faster song that will instantly hit you. Such Is Life starts a little unspectacularly but then takes a dramatic turn which works really well.

Lately I have noticed how much the French metal scene has improved over the years. I am happy to hear that this seems to count also for their indie rock bands. The T.A.W.S. have all it takes to even make it big internationally. Maybe one could see them as a female fronted answer to Blink 182. More important though is that this band is brimming with joy of playing, and fans of the aforementioned artists should definitely put this French band on their listening schedule.

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