In Time to Voices by Blood Red Shoes on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Being that guitarist/vocalist Laura-Mary Carter and drummer/vocalist Steven Ansell hail from Brighton, England—where in the mid-'60s, rockers would provoke bloody brawls with mods—it’s perhaps fitting that their third studio album under the Blood Red Shoes moniker resonates with a sublimely sinister tension. The opening title track slithers like a serpentine Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as Carter’s vocals segue from a coy and seductive tone to a more threatening howl that soars over walls of guitar feedback. “Lost Kids” follows, with Carter and Ansell harmonizing over dirty six-string scuzz like a young Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields. Then “Cold” chisels out a post-shoegaze epic that conjures images of a young and tougher Toni Halliday singing for an early-'90s Curve. Fans of shoegazing will feel right at home in the grandiose choruses of “Stop Kicking.” It starts with Ansell taking the mic like vintage Thurston Moore as a plodding rhythm section sets up a refrain rich in cascading walls of guitar wash and that fluff-on-the-needle vocal style. “7 Years” closes like a distorted Pale Saints outtake.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Being that guitarist/vocalist Laura-Mary Carter and drummer/vocalist Steven Ansell hail from Brighton, England—where in the mid-'60s, rockers would provoke bloody brawls with mods—it’s perhaps fitting that their third studio album under the Blood Red Shoes moniker resonates with a sublimely sinister tension. The opening title track slithers like a serpentine Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as Carter’s vocals segue from a coy and seductive tone to a more threatening howl that soars over walls of guitar feedback. “Lost Kids” follows, with Carter and Ansell harmonizing over dirty six-string scuzz like a young Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields. Then “Cold” chisels out a post-shoegaze epic that conjures images of a young and tougher Toni Halliday singing for an early-'90s Curve. Fans of shoegazing will feel right at home in the grandiose choruses of “Stop Kicking.” It starts with Ansell taking the mic like vintage Thurston Moore as a plodding rhythm section sets up a refrain rich in cascading walls of guitar wash and that fluff-on-the-needle vocal style. “7 Years” closes like a distorted Pale Saints outtake.

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About Blood Red Shoes

Brighton, England's Blood Red Shoes features Laura-Mary Carter (vocals/guitar) and Steven Ansell (drums/vocals), two enthusiastic punk-inspired brawlers who channel the clamor of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Duke Spirit, and Huggy Bear. Ansell, who performed with Cat on Form, and Carter, a former member of Lady Muck, came together in late 2004 upon the demise of their previous bands. With one song in tow, the duo landed a gig and Blood Red Shoes were born; the name is reminiscent of Ginger Rogers, who allegedly had to redo a tap dance scene so many times that her white dancing shoes ended up soaked in blood.

By mid-2005, Blood Red Shoes readied the release of their debut 7" EP for the London indie imprint Jonson Family. With BBC Radio 1 and XFM championing songs such as the shouty "Victory for the Magpie" and "Don't Always Say Yes," the EP sold out in just weeks. Follow-up singles ADHD and Stitch Me Back arrived on Try Harder in early 2006. Another trio of singles, "It's Getting Boring by the Sea," "I'll Be Your Eyes," and "I Wish I Was Someone Better," followed in 2007.

By 2008, Carter and Ansell were finally ready to release their debut album, Box of Secrets, produced by Mike Crossey (Razorlight, Arctic Monkeys). It appeared that April to generally strong reviews. The duo re-teamed with Crossey for 2010's Fire Like This, which found Blood Red Shoes adopting a more stripped-down sound. They worked with the producer again two years later on In Time to Voices, a more expansive effort that embraced grunge, Americana, and shoegaze influences. In 2014, Blood Red Shoes returned with their fourth studio album, an eponymous effort released on their own Jazz Life imprint. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

  • ORIGIN
    Brighton, England
  • FORMED
    Dec 2004

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