I love this kind of music. Fuzzy, filthy riffs and huge drums, which leave you feeling like you need a shower and a cuddle from your Mum. Blood Red Shoes are not a band to have on in the background, and their latest EP, Water, is no exception. The Brighton based duo are heavy, loud and if their music is anything to go by, they won’t give a toss about this review. Still, I’ll give it a shot, on with the EP!
The first track of the three is Red River, which pretty much sets the tone for the rest of them. The opening riff was obviously written for people to enjoy live, I imagine it to be played to basements full of filthy underground-types, hurling themselves at each other in a music induced rage. This track reminds me very much of Foo Fighters of old, with a hint of Ash and Down in there as well. The verse of this tune pulses with a constant, unrelenting beat, forming a very distinct overall sound, rather than giving the idea that this is a collection of separate recorded layers. As much as it’s simple, I think the production on this track is marvelous.
Turn over to track two, Black Distractions, and once again you are faced with with a group of colossal hits from guitar and drums. If anything, the guitar in this tune is even less distinguishable, the amount of fuzz piled onto Laura Carter’s guitar makes the riff sound like it’s trying to tear itself away from the speakers. That said, this is a guitar and drums duo, so the lack of bass needs to be compensated for. My initial concern was that the guitar was trying a bit too hard to be a bit too filthy, but by the end of each track, you realise that it creates a quite unique sound, which I ended up really enjoying. The “summon the devil inside of you” line is sang as if they just can’t be bothered, slurred on top of the song like a pissed local at a pub you’d never choose to go to.
Midway through the tune, there is a guitar solo (of sorts). It’s tricky to tell whether it was meant as a guitar solo or as a section to make sure no people of a nervous disposition are listening. It is, at times, painful to listen to, the guitar scrapes the inside of your head like an icepick, and ensures that this band are never played in shopping centres or retirement homes. I wasn’t sure on whether I enjoyed this solo first time round, but upon my second and third listens, I decided that it’s actually bloody good, and I should just man up and keep listening.
I think the drums are my favourite part of this track. They have a Bonham-esque shade to them, and there is no doubting Steven Ansell’s power on the kit.
Track three then, and by this point, the aural assault of this EP is nearly complete. This tune is best described as one that I would have on at full blast while driving a monster truck through the desert. It’s huge. The chords are allowed to ring out a bit more, giving the drums some room to breathe, making the whole track open up a bit more than the previous two. There isn’t a line of vocals that particularly hooks me in, I think I only remember the melody because I’ve listened a couple of times. That said, once it got inside my head, it didn’t get out.
This band are bloody good, that is one thing I should make clear, and their recent success of touring with The Gaslight Anthem is very well deserved. My only reservation is that there is a lack of variety. I’m not saying I’d like there to be a gushing ballad about love and happiness and all the rest of it, I just think that this band have mastered writing a huge riff, maybe it’s time to incorporate something new.
In conclusion, this band are fantastic, just don’t expect your gran to like them.