Review of The Water EP EP by Blood Red Shoes

Hot on the trail of their third LP release at the start of last year, Blood Red Shoes have returned with new material in the form of EP 'The Water'. This Brighton duo have promised 'the most out-and-out rock riffs we've ever written' with these three tracks and from the very first listen, it's plain to see they weren't lying. 

Blood Red Shoes The Water EP EP

'Red River' storms in with aggressive riffs and determined drum beats and these are sustained at a heady pace for the three minute duration. The snarling guitar compliments yet contrasts perfectly with the vocals, with the heavier style highlighting joint-lead singer Laura-Mary Carter's harmonic tones. The riffs that open 'Black Distractions' could easily be mistaken for a Band of Skulls track, and when Steven Ansell joins in for vocal duties, the male-female shared vocals merely stands to affirm this comparison. However, this is where any similarities end as the overall sound is far dirtier and grungier. The short verses and instrumental bridges lead into extended choruses as the song is surged through with abrasive determination. Final track 'Idle Hands' has them displaying anything but, as the duo are hard at work thrashing out frenetic riffs and steadfast vocals. The pace is unrelenting and, even when the roar of guitars starts to fade out and you think the pair is taking a well-earned breather, they propel themselves back in, with even greater fervor and intensity than previously. 

And as vehemently as it began, 'The Water' has run through before you know it. However, it's not without leaving its mark and this EP is a brilliant taster to Blood Red Shoes' passionate rock-driven sound. A previous fan or not, these three tracks will certainly leave you thirsty for more.

Chantelle Pattemore

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