Sacred Paws were born from the ashes of indie pop group Golden Grrrls. Upon the band's breakup in 2014 after releasing just one record, members Rachel Aggs (vocals, guitar) and Eilidh Rodgers (vocals, drums) decided they weren't finished making music together. Thus Sacred Paws were born, despite Aggs living in London and Rodgers in Glasgow. The duo remained undeterred by a geographical separation of 400 miles, and set about recording their debut EP after signing to the Mogwai-owned label Rock Action. The constant commuting paid off and in 2015 the pair released 6 Songs, a collection of infectious, polyrhythmic tropical punk. 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 Mark Riley, and appeared at Glasgow's Celtic Connections Festival. 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" contained the energy and pop/Afro-beat of their previous output, while expanding their sound with the addition of a horn section. Strike a Match was released in January 2017 by Rock Action.
- Glasgow, Scotland