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Goth-punk band, PAWNS drop new album

NY-based PAWNS serves up harrowing post-punk that's just itching to darken your day. Their latest release, Gallows, is 10 evil-sounding tracks that manage to navigate an aesthetic that's at once grim yet infectiously danceable. With simple, bouncy melody lines, and reverberating vocals that sound as if they were recorded from beyond the grave, Gallows is the LP to reach for when you need something to jar you out of a cheery streak. Listen to "Cross" off the new album streaming below.-Olivia Sisinni

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PAWNS bring their throwback post-punk sound to the Knitting Factory on 8.16

The chaotic and angry nature of hardcore punk can become exhausting, causing many musicians to seek other, tamer forms of self-expression. PAWNS was formed in Brooklyn after its members felt the need for a break from full-on anger and decided to settle for just gloomy animosity - an attitude reminiscent of some early post punk bands of the late '70s/early '80s. On their latest seven-inch Eternal Return the band harnessed the gothic influences that were prominently featured on their first release for a more urgent sound inspired by anarcho-punk, as in “Masquerade” (streaming below) where singer Gage Allison uses a throaty shout instead of his usual deadpan vocal tone. If life is a little too good for you these days, you don't want to miss PAWNS live at the Knitting Factory on August 16th. - John Honan

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