Review: Blood Red Shoes- In Time To Voices

Providing a backdrop to drink to, Brighton’s volatile Blood Red Shoes release In Time To Voices from their third effort’s namesake. Sodden with a dark wraithlike romance, In Time To Voices initially kicks off with a reverie drawl; Carter’s mournful cigarette and whiskey soaked ethereal vocals and thrashing guitar form a jovial unholy racket alongside Ansell’s consuming chaotic drums echoing PJ Harvey’s dirtier roadside moments.

The duos infamous ‘Sid and Nancy’ personalities are prominent with Ansell’s frenzied yet lucid drumming competing in an endearingly dirty juxtaposition with Carter’s menacing guitar fuzz – providing a live feel to provoke sweat and beer drops from your ceiling. Recorded at the Motor Museum studio in Liverpool, the bands raw garage blues reach a near orchestral-anthemic gossamery,  showcasing the ‘throwing out the rulebook’ approach the fiery band took on their new record.

The track stinks of biker bars and hotel sex and Blood Red Shoes customary rawness has been given some mature polishing; encompassing the added poise, ambition and imagination the band has,  yet keeping their raw live swagger close by.

The band recently announced a European tour with The Gaslight Anthem and will play Reading and Leeds Festival at the end of the month.

Words: Simon Herriott