Thursday, July 28th
NYC's PAWNS are back with a new 7" Eternal Return. The record finds PAWNS in transition from the gothy rock of their self-titled debut toward a more urgent and desperate punk, drawing inspiration from both deathrock and anarcho-punk.
To be sure, there are riffs on "Death to the Acolytes" that wouldn't sound all too out of place on a Rudimentary Peni record. "Masquerade," however, best showcases PAWNS' new sense of direction: the band strips away the slow-builds and atmospherics of their old work while singer Gage Allison trades his typical deadpan for a guttural shout. The result is a straightforward punk burner, just more bleak.