Sacred Paws

Sacred Paws is a Scottish rock band, comprising Rachel Aggs (guitar, bass, vocals) and Eilidh Rodgers (drums, vocals), who met as members of the band Golden Grrrls. Their debut album Strike a Match won the 2017 Scottish Album of the Year Award.[1]

Sacred Paws
OriginGlasgow, Scotland
GenresPost-punk, indie pop, Afrobeat
Years active2013 (2013)–present
LabelsRock Action
Associated acts
MembersRachel Aggs
Eilidh Rodgers


Sacred Paws were born from the ashes of Rachel Aggs (vocals, guitar) and Eilidh Rodgers (vocals, drums) previous indie pop group Golden Grrrls. Despite Aggs living in London and Rodgers in Glasgow they set about recording their debut EP after signing to the Mogwai-owned label Rock Action. They released a 6-track EP, Six Songs, in 2015, followed by a single, "Everyday" in 2016.[2][3]

They then embarked on a U.K. tour in support of the record, during which they played alongside acts like Mogwai, Veronica Falls, Tuff Love, and Future Islands. In the same year they also performed a BBC 6 Music session for DJ Marc Riley, and appeared at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival.[3]

Aggs continued to play in both Shopping and Trash Kit, but in spite of this, she and Rodgers were dedicated enough to find the time to record Sacred Paws' debut LP. In 2016, they issued two singles in advance of the album's release, "Everyday" and "Rest".[3]

Their first full-length album Strike a Match (released January 27, 2017) combines an Afrobeat sound influenced by Fela Kuti with post-punk and indie resembling the likes of Delta 5.[4] It was produced by Tony Doogan[5] and released on Rock Action, record label of the Scottish band Mogwai.[2] It was recorded at Mogwai's Castle of Doom studio and mastered at Abbey Road Studios.[6]

It scored 81/100 on Metacritic based on 7 reviews.[7] Pitchfork scored it 7.7/10.[5] MusicOHM scored it 4/5 stars, calling it "hugely satisfying", "ballsy and defiant".[8]

On 29 January 2019 they shared a new track, ‘Brush Your Hair’ with a new album expected to follow.[9]

On 28 February 2019 during a BBC 6 Music session for Marc Riley they played "Brush Your Hair", "The Conversation" and "Strike A Match".

On 20 March 2019 the band announced their next album Run Around the Sun would be released on 31 May, as well as sharing the studio recording of new single "The Conversation".[10]




  • Six Songs – Rock Action, 12" EP, MP3 (2015)[2]


  • "Everyday" – Rock Action, 7", MP3 (2015)[2]
  • "Brush Your Hair – Rock Action (UK/EU) / Merge (US), MP3 (2019)[9]
  • "The Conversation" – Rock Action (UK/EU) / Merge (US), MP3 (2019)[10]


  1. "Sacred Paws win Scottish Album of the Year award for Strike A Match". BBC. June 29, 2017.
  2. "Sacred Paws Are Having the Most Fun". Pitchfork. May 3, 2017.
  3. Bemrose, Bekki. "Sacred Paws Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. Sendra, Tim (2017). "Strike a Match review". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  5. "Strike a Match review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  6. "On the Radar: Sacred Paws". Music Week. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  7. "Strike a Match". Metacritic. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  8. "Strike a Match". MusicOMH. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  9. "Sacred Paws Return With 'Brush Your Hair'". DIY. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  10. "Sacred Paws share new track 'The Conversation', announce album". DIY. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
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