I stumbled across this EP, not knowing that it was another change in A Silver Mt. Zion's name until I read a review. At least it's a smaller name change, this time. Apparently, Pretty Little Lightening Paw was a disc that A Silver Mt Zion recorded and put on sale during their last tour, one of those you had to be there to get it kind of things, which they've now turned around and released. It's a good thing, too, because it's a solid little album--much more so than their last full length release, the fantastically titled, "This is our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing. That album was the first full length vocal album the band put out, and while not bad, it lacked the strength of their earlier releases, as if stretching the songs out into longer Godspeed You Black Emperor length tracks with vocals left the band in a considerably weaker position.
Pretty Little Lightening Paw, however, feels as if it grew out of the excellent second album, Born Into Trouble as the Sparks Fly Upward, with the vocals and instrumentals weaved together in a much tighter combination. The lyrical style is in keeping with "This is Our Punk-Rock," Thee Rusted Satellites Gather + Sing, and not like the strangely catchy and oddly brilliant pop song 'the Triumph of Our Tired Eyes' that rounds out that second album, but just not having songs that stretch out for fifteen, twenty minutes, appears to have created a tighter, stronger album. Plus, it's hard to find fault with the opening that screams, "The name of this song is more action! The name of this song is less tears!"