PAWS, Splashh, and Diiv take over Brooklyn Night Bazaar for CMJ

By Margaret Farrell

Via Margaret Farrell for WSN
Via Margaret Farrell for WSN

The Brooklyn Night Bazaar is always a pleasure with its abundance of whimsical pursuits — from mini golf to Ping-Pong — the impressive vendor-filled warehouse serves as the perfect venue.

At the venue, on Oct. 21,  three bands would carry the night away with delusional noise and spacey vocals. From the United Kingdom to Brooklyn, PAWS, Splashh, and Diiv showcased their music for the rowdy crowd.

PAWS were first up, visiting all the way from Scotland. The three-piece band put on a noisy showcase that did not have the crowd in an energetic mood. “We don’t want to be able to hear the air hockey tables,” commanded lead singer Phillip Taylor. Their subtle passive jokes did not seem to get the crowd going however.

Not much of their music was distinguishable other than their single, “Sore Tummy,” which was rushed through with an execution not punk, but sloppy. It might have been the inexperience of the band or just the poor sound quality of the venue, but PAWS seemed to do nothing but disappoint. Within forty minutes, their set ended, with almost every song abruptly coupled with a muffled “thank you.”

Although their lo-fi sound was not captured during the live performance, their energy and determination was. Jarring distortion, relentless head banging, and overpowering drumbeats kept PAWS alive.

At 10:30 PM, the five members of the band Splashh took the tiny side stage. Cleaning up the distortional mess of PAWS, Splashh delivered a satisfying performance smothered with delicious bass lines, electronic backups, and spacey, hollow vocals.

The crowd seemed to wipe the sand from their eyes as they started to wake up. Splashh has a lot of potential for a young group, but the only downfall was the inconsistency of the clarity of their sound. However, their musical accessibility and groovy tenacity are something to keep an eye on.

Of the entire showcase at the Bazaar, Diiv was by the far the best hour of the night. Their sound was pitch perfect, fitted to beachy lo-fi precision. The crowd was overtaken by applause as they entered the stage and provided the band with a ruthless mosh pit to watch. After watching two bands fail to preform the basic sound captured on a studio record, Diiv’s celestial performance was actually good music to the audience’s ears.

Following up with their debut album “Oshin,” the Brooklyn based quintet are building up the suspense for their new release, due out this year. Much of their showcase consisted of new material from their new record, with an oldie or two thrown in.

Beginning and ending almost every song with the reminder, “Thank you. We’re Diiv.” Regardless of how well known the band is, Zachary Cole Smith carried his usually subtle sarcastic and cocky swagger that casted a charm on the audience. Diiv was an absolute pleasure to watch and listen too with no sound hiccups or performance mishaps.

Margaret Farrell is a contributing writer. Email her at


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