Live review: Blood Red Shoes
Electric Circus, Edinburgh Monday, March 8
It’s not often you see a band who excel in energised grunge-rock soundtrack a ’30s musical. Yet tonight as the duo blitz through tracks from the excellent new album ‘Fire Like This’ and the good stuff from the debut, [i]The Wizard Of Oz[/i] plays on a massive screen behind them. It’s a rather unsettling concoction of sound and vision: when the band play the yell-some [b]‘Light It Up’[/b] the scarecrow gets torn limb from limb by flying monkeys. Luckily the songs are good enough to distract from the horrors on screen. [b]‘It’s Getting Boring By The Sea’[/b] is larger than before, with Laura-Mary Carter’s guitar sounding like a force-10 gale directed straight at the cranium, while [b]‘I Wish I Was Someone Better’[/b] thunders from head to toe. Of the newbies, [b]‘Count Me Out’[/b] is like a petulant child demanding attention over the noise of a broken washing machine, and [b]‘When We Wake’[/b] melts the heart like a suppository – it’s not romantic, it’s raw. Towards the end a fan shags one of the monitors during new single [b]‘Don’t Ask’[/b]. Nobody bats an eyelid. This is what BRS do to normal people: stimulate them to shove their dick into a highly dangerous electric object for pure thrills. Bestially brilliant.
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