Blood Red Shoes
is a pretty gruesome band name. So imagine how surprised we were to learn the UK band took their name from an anecdote involving Ginger Rodgers and Fred Astaire. Yeah, we didnt see that one coming either... In this exclusive interview with guitarist Laura-Mary Carter
and drummer Steven Ansell
, the rock duo focus the conversation on their collective history together, tracing roots that, though grounded in the similiar sort of foundations as every other band in the UK, have spawned an exciting, international musical career. Look no further than their performance at our Baeble on the Bowery Showcase as all the proof you need
. - David Pitz
Blood Red Shoes are Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell. They are a rock band from Brighton, UK. They know there is a power and intensity in simplicity. And they have a new album. It's called Fire Like This.
Intensity is the word. Fire Like This is simply exceptional rock music, steeped in a knowledge of your alt-rock staples Nirvana, Babes In Toyland, Drive Like Jehu but with its own fingerprint. 'Don't Ask' and 'Count Me Out' harness scything guitars and loud-quiet dynamics like they never went out of fashion. But there's more ambitious fare here, too. Take dramatic seven-minute closer 'Colours Fade', originally released as a free download from their website or the tender, fraught 'When We Wake', a sombre mediation on mortality that nonetheless burns with hot emotional force. "In the end is this all we can ask for?" breathes Laura-Mary, as Steven's drums patter with a quiet intensity.
This is not your typical rock fare, but Blood Red Shoes thrive on such paradox. This, remember, is a band just as comfortable supporting Rage Against The Machine in front of 30,000 Parisians as they are rocking up at a benefit gig for Shelter or Love Music Hate Racism just because, you know, it matters.
"It's a difficult tightrope," says Steven. "You know, we've come from a punk rock, underground scene everyone has pretty strict ethical rules, about selling out and that. We want to make music that matters, that's credible, and artistic. But we're also really ambitious. We definitely want to be a big band."
And is it still possible to do both?
Steven shares a glance with Laura-Mary. They smile. They think so. "It's hard, of course," says Steven. "But we've learnt so much in the last few years. I know we'll be alright if we're completely ourselves."