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Blood Red Shoes Biography

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Birth Place: Brighton, England
Years Active: 2004–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Noise Pop

Blood Red Shoes are an alternative rock duo from Brighton, England. The band formed in late 2004, after Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter's previous bands (Cat On Form and Lady Muck respectively) broke up. The band frequently distances themselves from current English guitar music and consider themselves to be a punk band, in ethos and attitude, if not in their immediate musical style.

They released their debut single “Victory for the Magpie” in July 2005, followed by the double A-side “Stitch Me Back / Meet Me at Eight,” “A.D.H.D” and “You Bring Me Down” in 2006. They were signed to V2 in April 2007 with which they released the singles “It's Getting Boring By The Sea” and “I Wish I Was Someone Better,” as well as the singles compilation album “I'll Be Your Eyes” in June 2007.

Following the sale of V2 to Universal Music Group, the band's debut album, “Box of Secrets,” was released on Mercury Records in April 2008 and went to #47 on the U.K. Albums chart. The single “Say Something, Say Anything” was released in April 2008 to coincide with the album release. Interestingly, the title track did not appear on the album. “Box of Secrets” was a B-side on their 2007 “It's Getting Boring by the Sea” single and was also featured on “I'll Be Your Eyes.”

After their autumn-winter tour of 2008, which covered over 12 countries, the band took a performance stop in the first months of 2009 to write songs for their next record. They began touring again in March 2009, introducing new songs at every gig, sometimes including unfinished songs or those without lyrics. The band recorded their second album, 2010’s “Fire Like This,” with Mike Crossey at the Motor Museum studio in Liverpool. On two tracks off the album, “When We Wake” and “Colours Fade,” the Springtime was used, a custom guitar with multiple outputs especially built for Carter in 2008. The album peaked at #95 on the U.K. Albums chart.

The band spent most of 2011 writing new songs. Their third album, “In Time To Voices,” was again recorded at The Motor Museum studio in Liverpool with Mike Crossey. Released in 2012, the album was preceded by the single “Cold” and reached #61 on the U.K. Albums chart.