England’s Blood Red Shoes have name checked everyone from
Fugazi to The Pixies in the past, but their third release has the band digging
deeper in the record crates bringing to mind everyone from 80’s lite-goth synth
bands like Siouxsie & the Banshees and Depeche Mode, to their angrier,
younger American counterparts like Nine Inch Nails and Sonic Youth.
Themes of angst and alienation, by now a staple for this
duo, are again front and center on In
Time to Voices, by sonically, the band tends to be all over the map on this
one. The alternating girl/boy vocals, (Laura-Mary Carter and Steven Ansell)
complement each other well, but you get the feeling you’ve heard this album
plenty of times before.
The band stated their intentions to “(throw) out the
rulebook of how we write and record” with the desire of writing a really
ambitious record. The experiment pays off at times (“Lost Kids,” “Stop
Kicking”), but not often enough. Songs like the angrier “Je Me Perds” sounds
like it was taken from another band’s session and added on by mistake.
You can’t fault a band for wanting to try something new, but
that doesn’t mean you have to buy the finished product.
DOWNLOAD: “Lost Kids” and “Stop Kicking” JOHN B. MOORE