Always ones to impress but for one reason or another never receiving the mainstream spotlight and success of their peers, indie rock duo Blood Red Shoes are back on the scene doing what they do best with new full-legth ‘In Time To Voices’. With the festival season approaching within the next few months, maybe the boy and girl combo might have something up their sleeves to help sky rocket their fame there, providing some upbeat built for summer hit.
It’s just a bit disappointing then, when a band like Blood Red Shoes, with mighty singles like; ‘I Wish I Was Someone Better’ and ‘It’s Getting Boring By The Sea’, release something as slow moving and needy as the album’s single, ‘Cold’. Okay, the in-your-face drum/guitar combo, easy to scream along to chorus and all important, building final section serve their purpose, but overall the track just seems so forced.
Title-track ‘In Time To Voices’ is one of the album’s highlights. The post-punk vocals from guitarist Laura-Mary Carter, combined with Steve Ansell‘s driving drum rolls, create a DIY, off-kilter pathway for what is to come. In an earlier interview regarding the album, Carter confessed that the band “totally threw out the rulebook of how [they] write and record”, but although the punk ethos expresses that some rules are meant to be broken, this album is testament to the fact that there’s no guarantee the risk will pay off.
For fans of melodic rock, ‘Silence And The Drones’ might be right up your street, but you must be warned that these are four and a half minutes of your life that you will never get back, so approach with an err of caution. Proceeding track ,‘Night Light’ sets a much more believable tone, with funeral march drums, droning background wisps and ghostly lyrical themes.
It has to be said that they do create one hell of a noise for only two people, exhibited through minute and a half thrash-punk upstart ‘Je Me Perds’. The track name’s English translation is ‘I Get Lost’, which is apt as this track seems completely lost on this album. Things are rounded off with something almost the complete opposite: a dreary, five minute attempt at something new-wave, presented in the form of closing track ‘7 Years’.
Blood Red Shoes have tried to please all potential audiences with ‘In Time To Voices’, but have only succeeded to nail the execution on a couple of tracks. Please don’t judge them solely on this release. If you can find it in your heart to forgive, then take the time to check out their back catalogue and I can guarantee you will find something to tickle your fancy.
Written by James Deacon