Blood Red Shoes – Water EP (V2)
Blood Red Shoes describe their new release as the “most out-and-out rock riffs we’ve ever written”. Louder Than War’s Adrian Bloxham has been listening to it, read what he thinks below.
Itâs the guitars that do it. Massive rough edged slabs of noise flowing over a drummer hitting the drums as hard as they possibly can with a bass line chugging underneath to hold the unholy mess all together. There are only three songs here but they make a whole album by any lesser band pale into insignificance.
âRed Riverâ is a garage powered raw rockânâroll blast. Everything fuzzed out and walloped as hard as they can be. Laura-Mayâs voice is clear and loud, the song is glorious and loose. I suppose somewhere there is someone who can sit still while they have this playing but I sure as Hell canât.
âBlack Distractionsâ take a Sabbath riff and beat, fuzz it into next week and add a layer of scum over the top. The vocal from Steven with Laura-May harmonising over the top. It sounds like it was recorded in one take in a scuzzy little studio somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
âIdle Handsâ is absolutely bloody huge. The sound blasts over the simple shared vocal grinding the music onwards. Just too cool, essential.
Blood Red Shoes have given us three tracks that are nigh on perfect. Anyone brought up on British and American noise will love this. It sounds like something I would have taped for people the day I bought the single. It will make you move and shake your head in disbelief that someone can still make records this good.
All words by Adrian Bloxham. More work by Adrian on Louder Than War can be found here.