A horrible hack

Blood Red Shoes


Year Released: 2005
Format: 7"
Label: Jonson Family
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Jun 13, 2007
Caught this twosome supporting Stop It!! down in Brighton some time ago and was pleasantly surprised with the racket they were making. Nice, then, to get this in for review, packing in three songs which sound very much like Bleach-era Nirvana duking it out with Huggy Bear. Primal, repetitive riffs and rudimentary blues licks are thrown amongst boy/girl vocals that veer between sung and yelled, all the while retaining a charming, bratty Englishness that you can’t help but warm to. Simplicity is clearly the key here, each song rough and tumbling its way along with a bare minimum of fuss but maximum feeling, bashing out those big ol’ riffs hard enough so’s you can hear the pick bounce off the strings with each downward swing. Victory For The Magpie is the clear winner here, but in all honesty there’s not a duff moment to be heard on what is, it has to be said, an extremely promising debut. More please!

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