That fire which BRS refer to on the cover of their album is obviously their own creative intensity, and as our latest concert video can attest, clearly singed and ignited the curiosity of almost everyone in attendance at our showcase. The result was a stunned and overwhelmed kind of gathering...a nice place to put any audience hearing a band for the first time.
From the moment a blatant, attention calling drone of cymbal and guitar propelled their set into fast forward, the confines of the Bowery Electric was churning with an inquisitive buzz. So, if our latest concert release is an introduction to you...well, that almost excites us even more. 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.
Consider yourself one of the first on board with a band we have immense expectations for. 'Don't Ask' and 'Count Me Out' harness scything guitars and loud-quiet dynamics like they never went out of fashion. 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. " breathes Laura-Mary, as Steven's drums patter with a quiet intensity.
- David Pitz Blood Red Shoes are Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell. They know there is a power and intensity in simplicity. This is not your typical rock fare, but Blood Red Shoes thrive on such paradox.
He’s also the most expensive director we’ve used which is why we haven’t been able to use him as much as we’d like.
Laura-Mary Carter & Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes – photo by Steve Gullick SA: It’s just instinct really.
So it was amazing to see all these people gathered and find out what items they’d brought, but it was also really awkward.
SA: Well I think there are other bands that come from a similar mindset to us, just not many.
Perhaps the best example of this kind of discovery this past year came from Blood Red Shoes; a fiery, British two-piece who peddled a heap of pent up, cathartic energy during our recent Baeble on the Bowery Showcase.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. "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. We definitely want to be a big band." And is it still possible to do both? SA: I think [on] the second album they sound much better.I mean, they have more depth to them and aren’t always buried in double-tracks. I interviewed Ansell in December 2010, and I wanted to know about the band’s videos, how they met (which involved donuts! So there were 70 or so people who barely knew each other, and definitely had never shot a video before or had a director barking instructions.