Paw (band)

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Origin Lawrence, Kansas, USA
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock, heavy metal, alternative metal
Years active 1990–2000, 2008
Labels A&M, eOne, Outlaw Records
Past members Mark Hennessy
Grant Fitch
Peter Fitch
Charles Bryan
Jason Magierowski
Dan Hines

Paw was an American alternative rock band from Lawrence, Kansas, that was formed in 1990. The band's original lineup consisted of vocalist Mark Hennessy, guitarist Grant Fitch, bassist Charles Bryan, and drummer Peter Fitch. They released two studio albums – Dragline and Death To Traitors, the EP Home Is A Strange Place and the B-side and outtake collection Keep The Last Bullet For Yourself before disbanding in 2000. Hennessy, Grant Fitch, and later bassist Jason Magierowski reformed in 2008 for several performances.


Paw was formed in 1990 in Lawrence alongside Kill Creek and Stick. Their work from this era can best be characterized as aggressive rock with melodic undertones, or 'Southern rock' as Hennessy explained in an MTV interview. They were frequently cited by industry insiders as potentially "the next Nirvana" and a bidding war erupted to sign them.[1][2][3] The band signed a three-album deal with A&M Records during the height of the grunge wave, and released their first album, Dragline, in 1993. Their most well-known songs from this period included the singles "Lolita", "Jessie", "Couldn't Know", "The Bridge" and "Sleeping Bag", all of which received moderate rotation on the radio and on Headbanger's Ball, MTV's hard rock/heavy metal showcase. Paw toured the UK in 1993 supporting Tool with Headswim (months after Tool's UK support slot with Rage Against The Machine), introducing the band to an audience outside of America. The band recorded two sessions for BBC Radio 1's rock show in 1993 (during which they played the Reading Festival). Their songs "Jessie", "Pansy" and "The Bridge" were used in the 3DO, PC, Sega Saturn and PlayStation versions of the video game Road Rash.

In 1995, the band released its second album, Death To Traitors, on A&M Records. During this period, the band evolved by adding more instrumental and country elements to soften their hard rock edge. The band toured Europe and the UK in early 1995. While the album received favorable reviews from the press, sales were less successful, and Paw was dropped by A&M in 1996, before their contract was fulfilled.

In 1998, Grant Fitch, Peter Fitch and Dan Hines formed the band Palomar and released the album World Without Horses. A reviewer described Palomar as "a gentler and more melodic sound than Paw."[4] Paw also released a full-length compilation of B-sides and rarities entitled Keep The Last Bullet For Yourself on their own label, Outlaw Records. Paw still played together during this period, and both World Without Horses and Keep The Last Bullet For Yourself were released on these shows.

In 2000, founding members Hennessy and Fitch signed Paw with Koch Records and released the mini-album Home Is A Strange Place the same year. The new album incorporated a more pronounced "stripped-down" blues element. After that they split.

Post-Paw activities[edit]

Hennessy's book of poetry, Cue the Bedlam (More Desperate with Longing Than Want of Air), was published in December 2005 by Unholy Day Press.[5] He shared vocals with Mike Ratzo (bass guitar, vocals and guitar), Justin Parr (drums), Brody Buster (guitar, harmonica and keys), Heather Lofflin (vocals and guitar), James Garvic (bass guitar and guitar) and Kurt Nesbitt (bass guitar) in The Diamond Heart Club in Lawrence, from 2006-2007. They reformed under the name 1950 D.A. (without Garvic and Nesbitt)[6] and made a 6 song EP called Low Like Planes. Around the web can be found a song by The Diamond Heart Club, under the name of Track 5, which is instead a previous version of Return To Zero by 1950 D.A.

In 2008, after being scheduled on the same bill between their post-Paw bands, Hennessy and Fitch returned and played together on June 6, 2008, at the Revival Tent at the Wakarusa Festival in Clinton Lake, Kansas. The performance included the songs "Couldn't Know", "Home Is A Strange Place", "Death to Traitors", "Sunflower", "Hope I Die Tonight" and "Dragline".[7] The band played its first headlining reunion show in Lawrence on Saturday, October 4, 2008, at The Bottleneck.[8] The reunion ended here.

Grant Fitch and Dan Hines are currently playing and performing with drummer Jason Jones in The New Franklin Panthers, in Lawrence.[9][10] They have released on Bandcamp Hot Dogs Are Cool: In III Movements on February 1, 2008[9] and the EP Circus Act on January 13, 2011.[10] Grant self-released Gman Rides Again on July 26,[11] 2012 and re-released World Without Horses under the name Grant Finch and Palomar[12]. Grant is currently occupied as a Production Manager on a number of productions, including the tv series The Inspectors, and the 2018 thriller Faceless, and runs a production company, Electrical Odyssey. [13]

In 2014, Mark Hennessy formed Godzillionaire with Justin Parr (Drums), Benjamin White (Guitar) and Michael Dye (Bass) and released various songs.[14][15] They have released, on September 28, 2016, their first album, $mall ¢hange[16] and on April 7 of 2017 an EP called the great dEPression[17].


  • Mark Hennessy – vocals (1990–2000, 2008)
  • Grant Fitch – guitar (1990–2000, 2008)
  • Peter Fitch – drums (1990–1998)
  • Charles "Chuck The Truck" Bryan – bass guitar (1990–1994)
  • Jason Magierowski – bass guitar (1995–1996, 2000, 2008)
  • Dan Hines – bass (1996–1998)

Session members

  • Paul Boblett & John "Speck" Licardello - Additional Bass on Death To Traitors
  • Steve Henry - Additional Guitar on Home Is A Strange Place
  • J. Hall - Additional Drums on Home Is A Strange Place


Studio albums
Rarities Compilations

Palomar's World Without Horses

  1. Beggars Love Thieves
  2. Deer Park Road
  3. Pocketknife
  4. Substance Of The Saints
  5. World Without My Soul
  6. Walk Into The Sky
  7. Watermark
  8. Birds Of Prey
  9. On The Hoof
  10. I Live In Darkness

Originally self-released in 1998 under the label Outlaw Records

In the bandcamp re-release of 2012 Pocketknife is placed as the first track


All released by A&M Records except where noted

  • "Lolita/One More Bottle" (1992) Nasty Pope Records (self-released demo)
  • "Sleeping Bag/Hard Pig" (1992) Nasty Pope Records (self-released demo)
  • "Sleeping Bag" (1993) non-album b-sides: Imaginary Lover (Atlanta Rhythm Section cover), Suicide Shift and Slow Burn
  • "Jessie" (1993) non-album b-sides: Jessie (Acoustic live at WERS-FM, Studio C Boston, MA on 11/29/93) and I Know Where You Sleep. Some versions contain instead the BBC Radio One "Rock Sessions" of October 1993 (broadcast on November 7)
  • "Couldn't Know" (1993) non-album b-sides: Suicide Shift and Imaginary Lover
  • "Gasoline/Lolita" (1993)
  • "Surrender" (1994) Cheap Trick cover from the S.F.W. soundtrack
  • "Hope I Die Tonight" (1995) non-album b-sides: School (Nirvana cover) and Kid Cotton
  • "Seasoned Glove" (1995) non-album b-sides: I Know Where You Sleep and School
  • "Max the Silent" (1995)
  • Traitors And Covers promo EP (1995) Tracks: Built Low, Last One, Death To Traitors, School and Surrender
  • Death To Traitors CD Sampler (1995) Tracks: Hope I Die Tonight, No Such Luck, Texas, Sweet Sally Brown, Sunflower
Rare Tracks
  • Death To Traitors outtakes (from the complete session bootleg): 30 Days, Remora, Kitchen (called on bootlegs The Kitchen Is No Place For A Man), Texas (alternate version with Mark vocals) and four songs without official names (Learn To See, Year Of The Locust, Lost Highway and Goodbye Dress)
  • Strangeland Soundtrack outtake (recorded July 1998, released on the fall of 1998 on the Keep The Last Bullet For Yourself compilation): Street Justice (Twisted Sister cover)
  • Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac cover, portion of which introduced Lolita in early shows)
  • Pansy "alternate version" and a "Pink Floyd tribute jam" (in one occasion, Kansas '98, the band started playing Pansy but Mark started instead with other lyrics, the band followed and then ended with the regular version of Pansy. But Mark's voice started giving out pretty bad towards the end o the concert, and for giving him a break they started an instrumental jam. However Mark sang some verses from Pink Floyd's Mother)
  • Innocuous and Filled Up (in one occasion, 1999 at the CBGB's, a friend of the band named Steve Tulipana substituted for Mark and with him they played these two songs. When Mark returned they rerecorded Innocuous as Betty & Mike along with, apparently, the unfindable Amnesia)
  • Simple Man (cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd from their last show in 2000)
  • Home Is A Strange Place outtakes (from the Cross The Tracks bootleg, name taken from the early name of the album): St. Jude (rerecorded or early version of Palomar's Substance Of The Saints) and Two Brothers


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