Blood Red Shoes finally made it back for a homecoming gig in Brighton after being cancelled at the beginning of the year for a night of guitar riffs and energetic electronic grudge
The Duo originally formed in 2004 and consists of band members Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell and have released six studio albums to date. The Name Blood Red Shoes is taken from a Fred Astaire musical.
Fitting nicely with tonight’s guitar laden entertainment were GLU and CIEL. Both are stable mates of own Blood Red Shoes own record label ‘Jazz Life’
‘GLU’ is the Solo Project from Michael Shuman, better known for ‘Mini Mansions’ stemming from California. Previously they had toured with Arctic Monkeys and collaborated with Alex Turner. Shuman showcased his more emotional song writing with the short set.
‘CIEL’ are freshly signed to the ‘Jazz Life’ record label and formed in Brighton and features ‘Michelle Hindriks’ on Bass and vocals with their catchy 1990’s inspired indie pop.
It was not too long till Steven’s drum kit was revealed from under the cover at the front of the stage and ‘Blood Red Shoes’ kicked off the 90 minute show with ‘Elijah’ taken from their 2019 album ‘Get Tragic’ with revellers at Chalk Venue getting into the groove! More electronic grunge was to follow with tracks from the new album ‘Ghosts on Tape’ released back in January.
For this tour, Steven and Laura were joined by two other band members lurking in the background on bass and synth player who is from band ‘Tigercub’ This powerful combination of fuzzy guitars layered with melodic synthesiser was a treat to behold and well refined from The Blood Red shoes earlier two piece outings!
Throughout the evening a wealth of songs were showcased spanning all their albums to the devoted fan base who were moshing at the front and Ansell could not resist jumping onto his drum kit Stoll before finishing the set with the banging drums and shouty chorus lines of ‘I am Not You’