Six Songs EP

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The gist Sacred Paws bring the sunshine to Rock Action The music Many record labels have a "house sound", there are some where I'd happily buy anything that they release, just on the back of their previous output. Rock Action have certainly been a label that i'd trust with my musical prescriptions. They have a knack of signing bands that are almost universally dark, but each of them bring their own ingredient to the table. Take Errors and their mechanical, synthesized doom-rave, Remember Remember's woozy, epic movements or the Grandaddys of the label, Mogwai who've gone from post-rock innovators to electro giants. Sacred Paws are Rock Action's latest discovery and they are different, completely different to anything that's come before them. For a start, the music is universally positive. African rhythms and clean guitar melodies make for the music of sunshine, rather than the dreary Glasgow drizzle that Errors and Mogwai might conjure up. This debut release, the aptly titled Six Songs EP is like a proper debut album with all the padding taken out, just six pop songs which could all have been hit singles, if hit singles were still a thing for indie bands. Every song is played with a seemingly effortless party-time swagger, which makes for a neat hit of powerful pop. The songs are so full and densely packed that it took me about ten listens before I realised that this is a two-piece playing, with Rachel Aggs meandering guitar and Eilidh Rodgers' frantic drumming working flat out to create this intricate feel-good sound. They've most definitely gone straight to the top of my list of must-see live bands. Congratulations to Sacred Paws for making such a sprightly EP and congratulations to Rock Action for drawing our attention to it. Listen to "Shirley" - a unashamedly up-tempo number, underpinned by Rodgers' wonderful military drum beat and Aggs' expertly picked guitar riff. Sounds like Talking Heads letting rip at the end of a gig in 1980. "Try Again" - a (relatively) slowed down number which allows you to really hear the technical ability of both musicians. A sub-two minute breakup tune, which is the closest Sacred Paws get to a sad song.