Snout To The Grindstone

“When you think about the fact that we spend most of our waking hours at work it’s depressing. It’s hard to live your life when your making a “living.” A concept that I believe is at the heart of The Paraffins record “Snout to the Grindstone.” The Paraffins are a band after my own heart with their major punk-rock attitude. So I am going to do as Dorothy Parker once said and “wear my heart on my sleeve like a red wet stain,” while I convince you to buy this Scottish band’s new record.

Comparisons comparisons comparisons. Let’s start with comparisons. Musically The Paraffins combine an interesting array of sounds. At certain points of the record I was reminded of The Cramps, other times I was reminded of Relaxed Muscle, but mostly their sound is reminiscent of Magnetic Fields. A combination that may sound a bit odd, but works very well for this band. Vocalist Billy Paraffin has a pleasing deep timbre that is akin to the legendary and naughty Jarvis Cocker.

All in all it’s a wonderful record and very good at inspiring you to start a rebellion at work (even if it’s only a tiny one, and only in your head).” Jenny Andreotti, Triumphs and Tragedies

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