Run Around The Sun

LP £18.99
  • UPC: 5051083144872
  • Release Date: 31 May 2019


Label Review. 

2019 album also available on CD.

Our Overview. 

Sacred Paws are ramping up the fun propelled by boundless punk idealism, DIY principles, and pure, unadulterated joy with their new album ‘Run Around The Sun’ the follow up to 2017’s ‘Strike A Match’. The duo - Rachel Aggs: Guitarist and Eilidh Rodgers: Drummer - based between Glasgow and London deliver an album brims with upbeat reflections on growing up and looking back. Shimmering guitar riffs dance between snappy beats and swooning melodies that will have crowds committing to far more than a simple head-bob. “I think we’d get bored if it was too slow,” Eilidh says. “We’d never want to play something live that people couldn’t dance to. It would feel really strange to us. It’s kind of the whole point.”

Since forming five years ago the Sacred Paws’ sound spreads far beyond the length of the UK, putting sunny Ghanaian highlife guitar through a laid-back filter, while their call-and-response vocals echo early Sleater-Kinney, and Rogers’ antic percussion channels post-punk originators the Raincoats, who they recently supported. Named in partial tribute to Rogers’ cats, Sacred Paws are by far the most colorful band on Mogwai’s otherwise pleasingly dour label, Rock Action.

The indie pop punk duo have also aired the album's opening track "The Conversation", beginning with a scream of guitar, it includes all the hallmarks of a classic Sacred Paws song—where intricate guitar work and complex drumming collide with pop smarts and the dual vocals of Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers. The track was written about a long-forgotten argument between friends, composed in the band’s traditional unplanned approach, each member’s thoughts and feelings slaloming through the other’s. “You’re all wrong, you’re walking away / Why would we even try to have this conversation?” the song asks before resolving to move on: “I’m running, I’m hiding out, resisting / I’m keeping this to myself….” The argument that inspired it is long forgotten but the feelings remain.