Blood Red Shoes will release their new, eponymously-titled album through Jazz Life on 3rd March. Produced and recorded by the band in Berlin, and mixed by American indie god John Agnello, Blood Red Shoes is the follow up to 2012’s much-lauded In Time To Voices.
The duo recently handed power over to their fans to release a brand new song. The band placed 10 QR codes in 10 different cities around the world and the track was unlocked once all the codes had been discovered. Click below to hear “The Perfect Mess”…
“For this album we packed up all our stuff, got in a van and drove to Berlin, where we lived for months in a rented studio space,” explains Steve. “No producer, no engineer, no A&R people, just us two in a big concrete room in Kreuzberg, jamming and recording our songs whenever we wanted, how we wanted with nobody to answer to except ourselves. It came out as our rawest, heaviest, sexiest and most confident sounding record so far”.
Blood Red Shoes track listing:
1 Welcome Home
2 Everything All At Once
3 An Animal
4 Grey Smoke
5 Far Away
6 The Perfect Mess
7 Behind A Wall
9 Speech Coma
10 Don’t Get Caught
11 Cigarettes In The Dark
Blood Red Shoes is the band’s fourth album, but the first one they’ve self-produced, having previously worked extensively with Arctic Monkeys producer Mike Crossey .“Everything was so perfect on our third album (‘In Time To Voices’), but we realised that the imperfections are what makes our band – that’s what people like about us,” says singer/guitarist Laura Mary Carter.
A new sense of positivity has also permeated the lyrics on their forthcoming album. “Our default setting as a band is to write from a negative perspective,” says Ansell. “… this time it’s about being hedonistic and free and not worrying so much.” One song in particular, ‘Everything All At Once’, comes from “the idea that you might not even wake up tomorrow, so you might as well experience everything right fucking now.”
It’s perhaps a viewpoint they’ve arrived at with the confidence of having achieved something relatively few bands of their generation have achieved – making it to their fourth album. “I think there’s an element of luck involved, but mostly it’s because we work our arses off,” says Carter, who also came up with the concept for the album’s sleeve. “We never switch off. We never let anything just happen; we steer everything. A bit control freaky, really.”
A fiercely ambitious band, Blood Red Shoes have clear aims for the album: they want it to power them on another massive tour around the world. Their long-running tours have won them huge audiences from Indonesia to Russia, Australia and beyond. Issuing the teaser for their new single, the first message received back was from a fan saying he hoped there was one in Ethiopia.
The most important thing, for Carter and Ansell, is that they’ve rediscovered the passion at their core. “You know like what it felt like when you’re a kid in art class and the teacher goes out and you just throw the paint around?” asks Ansell. “That’s the feeling of freedom that I can hear in the record. It’s really sloppy, and I love that about it.”