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  BLOOD RED SHOES
The Water EP
(V2/Coop)


Michael Foley

michael foley



blood red shoes water album

I always thought Brighton was famous for its pavilion, night-life, fighting, and dirty weekends rather than as a hotbed of rock and roll, despite Phil Mogg living there. Now I have heard Blood Red Shoes, I know better. This alternative rock band have been around since 2004, and after numerous singles and three albums have just released this EP, "The Water". On their Facebook page Blood Red Shoes list their interests as "mortality. psychosis. neurosis. sex. dreams. the future. alienation. failure. escape. mass celebration. hope. regret. and fleetwood mac.", which kind of sums up the the music here.

The band are a two piece, with Laura-Mary Carter on guitar,vocal, and Steven Ansell handling drums and vocals. Despite this limited instrumentation, or maybe because of it, Blood Red Shoes make a sound that is pure raw rock and roll. The record kicks off, literally, with 'Red River' a primal blast of noise, with a killer riff, topped by the ethereal vocals of Laura-Mary. This song is short and sweet, and it's repeated refrains 'take me back home' and 'give it up again' make for a catchy and exhilarating listen.

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The record kicks off, literally, with 'Red River' a primal blast of noise, with a killer riff, topped by the ethereal vocals of Laura-Mary. This song is short and sweet, and it's repeated refrains 'take me back home' and 'give it up again' make for a catchy and exhilarating listen.

To these ears, the next song 'Black Distractions' has a hint of early Black Sabbath, sporting as it does a doomy riff that Tony Iommi would be proud of. On this track Steven takes the lead vocal, and his indie influenced style suits the song well. It's not as immediately gripping as 'Red River', although after a few listens it got under my skin, and is now my favourite on "The Water". The EP closes with 'Idle Hands', another stomping great rock song, with some great vocal interplay between the two musicians, her haunting harmonies making for a lovely contrast with his edgier tones.

The music is helped by a superb production, with one of the best drum sounds I've heard since the 1970s, and with the guitars cranked up too, this is great music for giving your speakers a serious workout. It's not a sumptuous recording, instead it captures the intensity and power of a live gig, and I wish more records sounded this immediate.

Confession time; until now I'd not actually heard any music by Blood Red Shoes, and if the rest of their output is as fab as this then it's my loss. I love this EP, it clears away the cobwebs, and got me dancing, which is not a pretty sight, but makes the Foley feel good.

If you like alternative rock, with a nuggets/garage feel, that will leave you wanting more, then check out 'The Water'. It's exciting, fun and a breath of sonic fresh air in this world of turgid pop chancers and MOR opera acts. This EP feckin' Rocks!

I was going to give it four pints, but due to it being released on vinyl, as well as the usual digital formats, it gets a bonus half pint, so four and a half pints it is.

http://www.bloodredshoes.co.uk/

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21.2.13













 


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