Live. Blood Red Shoes
Blood Red Shoes undertook a relatively intimate UK tour in support of their excellent third record ‘In Time To Voices’ in April/May 2012 which included a sold out date at London’s Heaven. Support was provided by the brilliant The Cast Of Cheers.
The Cast Of Cheers are a Indie/Math Rock band from Ireland and are an absolute delight to watch live. The three members able to stand, spent the entirety of their thirty minute set constantly and buoyantly moving around Heavens elevated stage while their drummer kept their set tight with powerful looping drum movements. Their energetic stage presence only added to the dynamic and uptempo music the four of them create, which descended into fantastic breakdowns as quickly and effortlessly as it built up. If their set was an indication of how good their debut album is going to be, then I’m very excited to hear it. The Cast Of Cheer’s debut album’Family’ is released on June 18th.
Blood Red Shoes are a duo consisting of Laura Mary-Carter and Steve Ansell. Their stage setup for Heaven is a real life replica of the ‘In Time To Vocies’ album cover with a static showing television set, an old fashioned radio and a red lit lamp which created a beautifully eerie feeling even before the duo took to the stage. Opening with ‘It’s Getting Boring By The Sea’ from debut album Box of Secrets the duo start as they mean to go on. Energetic, loud and having a great time. It’s a triumvirate that’s mirrored by the audience which surged forward as soon as the song started and didn’t let up for the entirety of the gig, with individuals getting lost in with the flowing mass that the crowd became.
The set was a superb mix of the Blood Red Shoes back catalogue and acts as a testament to both their ability to pick a setlist and their skill in writing incredible songs. The new material from ‘In Time To voices’ sat perfectly against the older classics and the gig ebbed flawlessly. Closing the main set with the standout track from ‘In Time To Voices’, Lost Kids, and the grunge anthem ‘I Wish I was Someone Better’ was a masterstroke, whipping the already lively crowd into a near frenzy.
Musically Blood Red Shows are extremely tight, being held together by years of touring and an unmistakable chemistry that is present on the records but in the flesh is a much more powerful thing to witness. The depth of sound that Blood Red Shoes manage to create with just two instruments is impressive and the dual vocals cut through the wall of noise with elegance and charm. They play with all the balls of Queens Of The Stone Age and have the lyrical angst of Pulp.
I’ve never seen someone command a crowd with such skill as Steve Ansell managed from behind the drums, but the crowd responded everytime he raised his drumstick in the air. Both Laura Mary-Carter and Steve light up on stage and really seem to be loving every moment of the evening, even responding to the request to play Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Freebird’, even if it was to say no.
Blood Red Shoes are playing plenty of festivals this summer if you fancy a chance to catch an awe-inspiring live band, including a main stage slot at the Reading and Leeds festival.Blood Red Shoes are also playing their biggest headline show to date at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in October.