On Saturday June 8th around 10:00 pm, PAWTOOTH shook the speakers at The Garage in Winston-Salem, an open space with burning candles on the bar, red curtains behind the stage, and the largest ceiling fan that I have ever seen. In spite of the small crowd that continued to grow as the night progressed, Penelope Zing on vocals in her spaghetti straps, a black skirt and black boots, Dee Wulf on guitar, Nickey Pete on glittering drums, and JLee on bass claimed the stage. In one sentence: they present the kind of music that you can close your eyes and get lost in.
It forces your body to move. Is it punk? Is it rock? It’s PAWTOOTH, a name given to this band by the Internet. “It’s a 80s sensation; it’s rock, post-punk, classic rock - I don’t know if that’s a genre,” Zing answered when asked how their music could be described. Whatever they may be, they are not afraid to give stage directions between each song, they are not afraid to let their hair down, and they are not afraid to share the stage with stuffed animals.
Behind stage they were personable and polite; they sat with their legs crossed and they paused to let each other speak. On stage, they played tambourines, held their notes, and encouraged the audience to tip the bartender. The music had a different beat every time. “We’re still honing in what’s good,” Zing added in their back-stage interview. “I hear the muses, my band is my inspiration, and everything is recorded.”
Here I thought Craigslist was only for renting rooms, but in addition to their mutual interest in other bands, Craigslist brought this band together about a year ago. Originally from Asheville where they have many venues, they have come a long way. In fact they have done performances ranging from Washington DC and New York City to South Carolina, and they say every song keeps getting better.
It must be so, because they have even been on the radio. “We love people and we want them to love us,” Zing said and the others nodded in agreement. Their latest extended play album “Your Bullets be Damned,” will soon be released and their next show will be in their hometown of Asheville, NC at the Lexington Avenue Brewery. For more information, music clips, and photos visit their website: http://www.reverbnation.com/pawtooth where there are links to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Rock on.