Blood Red Shoes – Ghosts On Tape
Ever the musical misfits, Blood Red Shoes’ righteous spirit remains, even if their sound is a shape-shifting entity
Blood Red Shoes have come a long way since the boring days by the Brighton sea of their debut in 2008. 2019’s Get Tragic marked the band’s first material for five years. The return also ushered in a decidedly more digital sound, with members of 2:54 and Tigercub helping reproduce the electro odyssey live.
Ghosts On Tapes picks up on this synthesised sheen. Give Up finds Steven Ansell channelling the new era of furious racketeers (see: Shame and Idles) in his spit-fuelled vocals before we wig out into a cosmic synth wormhole. And, as the name suggests, the album deals with the spectres of BRS past and present, something Grammy-nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Royal Blood) plays up to with paranormal white noise and ominous mid-song segues looming.
For a pair that have been intrinsically linked for 17 years though, there’s a surprising amount of solo songs. Laura-Mary Carter leads octave pedal-heavy Murder Me and Sucker (more of a comment on the fickle music industry than a love affair). Thankfully, the latter half of the record finally sees the pair fuse together into the die-hard dichotomy we’ve come to adore. I Lose Whatever I Own boasts an Elephant-sized glam riff while Dig a Hole gleans from Tropical Fuck Storm’s whirlwind of psych wooziness and welcome flange.
Ever the musical misfits, Blood Red Shoes’ righteous spirit remains even if their sound is a shape-shifting entity.
Listen to: Murder Me, Give Up, I Lose Whatever I Own