Release Date: Jan 25, 2019
Record label: N/A
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
After years of a constant release-tour-release cycle, Blood Red Shoes decided they were sick of the sight of each other back in 2014. In classic rock band style, the sibling duo separated in order to find themselves. For singer-guitarist Laura-Mary Carter, this involved getting on a one-way flight to the USA and writing songs for pop producers. There's an old Scottish phrase "gang aft agley" which roughly translates as "often go wrong".
One thing we know for sure, albums written by bands in conflict fucking rule. Whilst Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is the obvious choice, I'd point you in the direction of Abba, Smashing Pumpkins and even The Beatles. So, to contextualise Blood Red Shoes' newest offering, Get Tragic - you have to know the back story. 'We got to the end of the fourth record and were like f**k you, I never want to see you again' reads the press release.
Pressing shuffle and landing on Blood Red Shoes is equivalent to taking a shot of whiskey. You may think that you didn't need it, but turns out you did. Steven Ansel's drums bang out heavy rhythms, Laura Mary-Carter's guitar cleaves, and both members sing. New album Get Tragic (coming after a five-year gap) is royal.
Everyone knows someone who has stayed in a broken relationship for one specific reason. Blood Red Shoes are the musical equivalent. With a career long dogged by rumours that Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell couldn't stand one another, things came to head in 2014 at the end of a strenuous tour, resulting in a half-year communication breakdown. Somehow the duo have patched things up and channelled their irritable claustrophobia into 'Get Tragic', a record seething with all the resentment, self-doubt and control freakery of a soured relationship.