Music of Day: Blood Red Shoes – Back from the Dead (feat. JLX) 

The story of Get Tragic – released January 2019 – can be traced way back to the relentless gigging off the back of their 2014 self-produced and self-titled record, when the duo of Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell exhausted themselves to the point of collapse. Yet the pair come out the other side sounding fresher and more assured than ever. Recording in the States, working with a new producer, ditching the two-piece rock rulebook they arguably helped write – everything that went into Get Tragic was a leap into the unknown. After a 4-year break from the album cycle, they decamped to L.A. to record with Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Arcade Fire / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), who pushed them to explore these new worlds even further, and as such the the after-effects of Laura’s motorbike accident can be heard throughout Get Tragic – more melodic and synth-led than any of the band’s records to date, it embraces electronics and nuance in a way their stripped-back and stomping two-piece rock sound of old never could have. Knowingly embracing the tragedy of their movements, and the clarity at the end of such woe – they even laugh at the very idea of having a picture of themselves on the cover – Get Tragic is a total reimagining of the Blood Red Shoes you might think you know.

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