Live Review: Blood Red Shoes (Nottingham Rescue Rooms)

Photo: Anton Coene

Fresh from the studio, Blood Red Shoes are peddling a different type of rock to the style found on their first two records. If ‘Fire Like This’ was the wiser older brother of debut ‘Box Of Secrets’, then ‘In Time To Voices’ surely holds some paternal reign as it blends the duo with a taste of experimentation that has stopped things from going stale.

Setting the standards high are the opening act, The Cast of Cheers, who are every bit as entertaining as their name implies. Mixing undeniable hooks with fantastic synth segments, the Irish group end the set with even more enthusiasm than they began it with. Electric performances of their single ‘Animals’ and the eccentric highlight ‘Auricom’ leave the audience with a pretty memorable set and a variety of new fans.

The first tour in support of their recently released third record boasts a  set containing a fair few tracks lifted from the latest Blood Red Shoes effort; the intense build up of the title track stands out, along with the hard-hitting single ‘Cold’. ‘Lost Kids’  excels onstage and the sing-a-long intro of ‘Down Here In The Dark’ promises to be a permanent fixture on the setlist.

Photo: Elizabeth Broadhurst

The two promptly instigate a  mosh pit  before the crowd gets too complacent and things really get going with the tracks lifted from their outstanding debut ‘Box of Secrets’, particularly ‘You Bring Me Down’ and ‘I Wish I Was Someone Better’. The receptive nature of the crowd carries through to the invigorating encore, comprised of fan-favourites ‘Colours Fade’ and ‘It Is Happening Again’ alongside new track ‘Je Me Perds’.

Despite taking a while to warm up, the crowds response as the pair leave the stage is evident of the appreciation thrown their way. The mature material from latest record is complimented by the youthful spontaneity of the bands discography thus far and the live set sees them merge together beautifully. Without a doubt, Blood Red Shoes are a decent band on record but there’s something missing in the studio that is tossed out in tenfold onstage; it ultimately proves why Blood Red Shoes are acclaimed on the live circuit.

Photos: Anton Coene & Elizabeth Broadhurst
Words: Simon McMurdo


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