Their Sixth Album Will Release In January
You can listen to their first single ‘Morbid Fascination’ now.
Blood Red Shoes have announced their sixth album, titled ‘Ghosts On Tape’ will be released on 14th January 2022, via Velveteen Records. Alongside the news, they have also shared the first single from the new album, ‘Morbid Fascination’ and that is available to stream now!
After years of living on opposite sides of the Atlantic, the new album, alongside the pandemic, threw the duo together for what is being called their most fruitful era in their 17 year career. “It’s been a loooong time since we both lived in the same city”, explains Steven. “I mean we actually wrote this album in LA at Laura’s place, then came to the UK to record it…and then everything went nuts”.
Realising very quickly that they wouldn’t be able to release the album or tour until the world returned to some kind of normality, the band found their energies quickly spilled over into other projects. Laura-Mary started a podcast, Never Meet Your Idols, with her best friend in LA, interviewing everyone from Zack Snyder to Mark Lanegan to CHVRCHES. It is now about to start its third season. Steven started applying his love of electronic music by writing and producing other alternative artists like Circe, ARXX, Aiko and XCerts, racking up millions of streams in the process.
The duo recently worked together on Laura-Mary’s mini solo lp, and being unable to tour any material, the duo ended up writing and recording an EP, titled ‘Ø’ which the band released in Summer 2021. However, this forthcoming album was a product from before the writing and recording of that EP, and is world’s apart from anything which the band have done before. Leaving little trace of the band of old, the new album marks a new sonic direction for the band.
“We’ve always been outsiders right from the very beginning” says Steven. “This album is really about us asserting ourselves as our own little island”, he adds. “We have made an entire career out of being told what we are “not”, of being rejected, of not fitting in, and this album is us deliberately pushing into all of our strangeness, emphasising all of the things that make us different”. Obsessed by true crime and murder podcasts, many songs on the record are told in character and explore the dark psyche of those at the pinnacle of outsiderdom: serial killers. GHOSTS ON TAPE paints a picture of a dark and unsettling world. It is the sound of a unified and confident duo who know exactly who they are, even if the wider world doesn’t really get it. The sound of two people who have spent their entire adult lives making music together and who, more than ever, are finding new pathways for their creativity.
“Ultimately this album is an invitation”, explains Steven. “It’s us saying, this is our world, these are our darkest thoughts and feelings – our ghosts – caught on tape. You are welcome to join us. Come and embrace the strange”.
Fans will be pleased to hear that the band will tour the new album in January 2022, kicking things off in Bristol and wrapping the tour up in London 9 dates later.
18.01.22 – The Fleece – BRISTOL
19.01.22 – Rescue Rooms – NOTTINGHAM
20.01.22 – O2 Institute 2- BIRMINGHAM
21.01.22 – Brudenell Social Club – LEEDS
22.01.22 – Academy 3 – MANCHESTER
24.01.22 – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut – GLASGOW
25.01.22 – St Dominic’s Catholic Club – NEWCASTLE
26.01.22 – Chalk – BRIGHTON
27.01.22 – The Garage – LONDON
You can pre-order the album, and grab yourselves tickets to the live dates from the band’s website