Boy-girl duos are usually a little more subdued; acoustic guitars or cute-sey bop, a la She and Him or Kaiser Cartel. This is, of course, a gross generalization and probably isn't true, and the first really slamming example is the fist-pumping tunes of Blood Red Shoes
. These two give the early Bloc Party blood-pumpers a booster shot of frantic high-hat and two-and-four snare in "Don't Ask", a song that would probably get anything it wanted if it were a person. It may be my soft spot for songs that drive like race-cars, or the flavor of Britishisms in the lyrics, but I love this.
Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter formed BRS in 2004, citing dribbles of American punk and underground as influences. The toasty melt of Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, and more is topped off with a bit of charming Brighton accents, and you've got Blood Red Shoes (that, or dancing a bit too much). "Don't Ask" is off the band's sophomore record, Fire Like This
, released in March in the UK, and not quite yet in the US (not sure how or who). Enjoy it with the caveat that you may not be able to see these guys do their thing or buy this record Stateside for a few months. -joe
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MP3: "Don't Ask" (Fire Like This)
Blood Red Shoes on Myspace