Sacred Paws- Run Around the Sun
Sacred Paws- Run Around the Sun

Sacred Paws- Run Around the Sun

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Label: Merge

Released 5/31/19

10.5" x 10.5" screen print of album cover (signed by the band) included with orders while supplies last!

Sacred Paws won the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2017 for their debut record, Strike a Match. Winning felt “very weird” to guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, whose aim had never been anything other than to make music they enjoyed. “To be like oh, ok, right—we have to believe in ourselves now?! It’s mildly challenging.” But if you thought that meant Run Around the Sun would be a po-faced follow-up rammed full of lofty pretentions, you’d be wrong. It 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.”

The first iteration of Sacred Paws was a long-distance affair—Eilidh in Glasgow; Rachel, also a member of post-punk outfits Shopping and Trash Kit, in South London. They’d meet up periodically to write songs, and Strike a Match was “all the songs that we happened to have, put on an album,” Rachel says. “We really didn’t think about it all that much.’” She recently moved from London to Glasgow, and though it made little difference to the scrapbook approach Sacred Paws have to creating music, grabbing studio time here and there, it did lend Run Around the Sun a sense of focus. Written and recorded over the course of 18 months, they had the mindspace to think more about the shape of the record, too. “We did spend more time thinking, ‘Well, what would it be nice to have?’ rather than ‘Oh well, these are the songs and what you get is what you get.’’”

It was a friend celebrating a birthday by toasting “Here’s to another run around the sun!” that lent the album its name. “You know when you hear a word and you suddenly keep hearing it everywhere? It was one of those,” Rachel recalls. “It just kept coming up.” It wasn’t until they began parsing the album for meaning that Sacred Paws realized they’d written a collection of songs about time. “We often sing over the top of each other, about completely different things, and we never really talk about it,” Rachel explains. “That means the songs always have really different ways that you could interpret them, but they both come from a personal place for both of us. So there’s a lot of potential depth in there, but nothing is preconceived—it’s just not how we do things.”

Meticulous planning, careful preparation, a masterplan—none of these are really Sacred Paws’ thing, and perhaps that’s why Run Around the Sun is such a vibrant, optimistic sashay of a record. It’s no surprise that winning more awards and making their millions isn’t what they aspire to as a band. “We’re just enjoying it and having fun with it,” Eilidh says. “The minute it stops being fun...” There’s a pause as if it doesn’t bear thinking about, before she concludes: “That’s not success for us.”

Track Listing:

  1. The Conversation
  2. Almost It
  3. Life's Too Short
  4. Shame on Me
  5. What's So Wrong
  6. How Far
  7. Is This Real
  8. Write This Down
  9. Brush Your Hair
  10. Other Side

Tour Dates:

Jul 16 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Jul 17 Boston, MA – ONCE Ballroom
Jul 18 Portsmouth, NH – Press Room
Jul 19 Montreal, QC – Casa Del Popolo
Jul 23 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
Jul 24 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
Jul 25 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle (MRG30) [SOLD OUT]
Jul 26 Columbus, OH – Big Room Bar
Jul 28 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen