Artist: Blood Red Shoes
Release: Water EP
Release Date: January 21st
Fresh from touring their third album ‘In Time To Voices’ with punk rockers The Gaslight Anthem, Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes don’t seem to be taking a break anytime soon as they fill their album interval with the release of a new EP, ‘Water’.
Opener ‘Red River’ is an explosive, adrenaline-fueled introduction to a fully loaded EP that captures the listener from the first moment of play. ‘Black Distractions’ takes a slice from every pie Jack White has had his fingers in. The repetitive clang of cymbals, Carter’s gritty guitar distortion and Ansell’s boisterous lead vocal bellowing “when you close your eyes I’ll be there to summon the devil inside of you” has Mosshart and White written all over it.
The highlight of ‘ITTV’, ‘Je Me Perds’, and it’s punk and rock and roll influences channel more through the veins of this three-track EP including QOTSA, The Black Keys, Oasis, Band of Skulls and of course The White Stripes and The Dead Weather.
The visceral aggression of final song ‘Idle Hands’ with it’s pounding percussion, dirty riffs and a chorus reeking of attitude (“just stare at the water, reflection so cruel”) settled with Carter’s harmonic intervals brings the EP to an abrupt and unwanted close, urging you to repeat from track one immediately.
Speaking to HTF last year, Steven mentioned that the band have “lost that bounciness and our power and aggressiveness has shifted slightly to a darker and more atmospheric world. Rather than just using speed and volume to create a sense of power we are trying to use mood and be a bit cleverer.” This is ‘Water’ and we welcome it with open ears.
Listen to ‘Red River’ below.
‘Water’ released January 21st.
Reviewer: Stephanie Stevens-Wade