Remember how, back in the late 80’s, early 90’s, when Dave Kendall still hosted 120 Minutes, “alternative” was something you could call music without sounding like a total douche? I know, it lasted like one week, maybe, but man was that one sweet week.

Scotland’s PAWS are alternative like that. In the fun, simple, high-energy way that makes you want to bleach your hair and then dye it with Kool-Aid. Again. The Glasgow trio churns out lo-fi, fuzzy pop-punk (man, remember that term?) in a charmingly contemporary way that keeps them from coming off as total ‘born too late’ throw-backs.

The band lands stateside for the first time tomorrow night, playing Brooklyn’s Glasslands and then Cake “Don’t Yell Fire” Shop in the LES Wednesday night along with a smattering of other east coast shows before ending up at Austin’s South by Southwest festival next week.

To celebrate, the band’s recorded three brand new songs for a cassette (SO 90’s) they’ll be selling only at their shows. You can stream the songs below, along with this week’s Song, the jangle-rock hit, “Miss American Bookworm”, off their debut album, Cokefloat! You can listen to, download, and/or order the album from their label, Fat Cat Records. I heard Kanine Records got into a huge bidding war over these guys….

Anyone? Anyone?

Also be sure to check out their video for the superb “Sore Tummy” below, featuring Alice Costelloe, of the band Big Deal (who we wrote up early last year).

You can see the band’s full list of tour dates on their site and, if you’re in town for SXSW this year, be sure to catch them one of the 73 showcase they’ll likely be playing.