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Renowned for their simmering on-stage tension, Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes have always felt like the kind of band who could implode at any minute. So it comes as something of a surprise how harmonious their third studio album, In Time to Voices , sounds. Indeed, other than the quick burst of abrasive scream-punk on "Je Me Perds," there's little here that reflects Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell 's recent confessions of in-fighting during its recording. Foals producer Mike Crossey may remain the only real constant from their more ferocious first two albums, but that's not to say they've lost their edge. The title track lives up to their "most ambitious record" claims as it ventures into brooding Americana before slowly building into an unsettling garage-rock crescendo: "Lost Kids" is a stinging slice of scuzz-rock inspired by the London riots; while "Stop Kicking" appears to take its cue from the early-'90s shoegaze scene with its slightly disorienting layers of distortion and shimmering riffs.
Blood Red Shoes are a notoriously noisy coupling. Their reputation for ear-splitting punk laden pop has grown by gradual increments from its beginnings in small town Brighton, garnering an impressive fan base and earning them opportunities to tour Europe and Japan, from where they recently returned to home shores. Gigwise caught up with the pretty punk twosome in Cambridge on their current tour to see how Steven and Laura-Mary are bearing up under the pressure…. Curled in a dressing room in Cambridge, dressed in black, Laura-Mary Carter smiles shyly behind a mass of tangled dark hair. I definitely miss friends and family because we pretty much never see them.