Rock and roll has seen its share of great duos in recent yearsâ€”The White Stripes and The Kills being among the bestâ€”but no other band attacks the senses with as much raw power as Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter, better known as Blood Red Shoes. The Brighton, England group’s 2008 debut, Box of Secrets, was a cherry bomb of a record that dripped with raw, dangerous sexuality. The fast and furious album’s bloody hooks and visceral appeal landed it a spot on Owl&Bear’s world-renowned Best of 2008 list, and we’ve been waiting anxiously for its follow-up.
But now the wait is over. Out on March 10 through V2 Records, Fire Like This contains ten highly combustible tracks from the band. Those eager for a sampling of the album can go to the band’s official website, where they’re streaming a new track every week until its release. “Light It Up”, “Colours Fade”, and live favorite “Keeping It Close” had previously been posted to the site, and the band just today added the red-hot “Heartsink”, which the group describes as “a pop song that we tried to destroy from the inside out”. Those inclined to join the band’s newsletter will be rewarded with a free download of “Colours Fade”.
Blood Red Shoes are set to start a tour of the UK that will lead into mainland Europe, but there are unfortunately no US dates planned yet. The band has also made mention of a special edition vinyl release of Fire Like This, but details are still forthcoming. We’ve got the new video for “Colours Fade” below and, because they’re just so damn good, some videos from their first album.
“Colours Fade” from Fire Like This:
“It’s Getting Boring By The Sea” from Box of Secrets:
“You Bring Me Down” from Box of Secrets:
“I Wish I Was Someone Better” from Box of Secrets: