Blood Red Shoes: Get Tragic

Get Tragic

Blood Red Shoes

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  • Release Date 25 January 2019
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Vinyl LP
Jazz Life

The story of 'Get Tragic' can be traced way back to the relentless gigging off the back of their 2014 self-produced and self-titled record, when the heels finally fell off of Blood Red Shoes at the end of that same year. A near-decade of incessant road time and a non-stop pace of life finally took its toll, with the band stopping only to quickly hammer out “another ten songs” to release as their next record, before ploughing straight back into touring. The pair exhausted themselves to the point of collapse.

Vocalist and guitarist Laura Mary-Carter packed her bags and bought a one-way flight to Los Angeles, a complete radio-silence between the two bandmates stretching on for months. She fell in with a songwriter’s crowd, penning tracks and collaborations with big-time pop producers and pitching songs for the likes of Rihanna. Steven, conversely, “went out and took drugs and went clubbing for about half a year.”

Get Tragic fully embraces the absurdity of BLOOD RED SHOES situation. As a result, 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.

Through mishap and misfortune, the songs that came out were the duo’s light at the end of the ever-expanding tunnel and the band have emerged reinvigorated. They decamped to L.A. to record with Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeahs / Arcade Fire / Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds). It's 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.

Every incident has fed into a record of defiance and self-acceptance. 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.

1 Eye To Eye  
2 Mexican Dress  
3 Bangs  
4 Nearer  
5 Beverly  
6 Find My Own Remorse  
7 Howl  
8 (Interlude)  
9 Anxiety  
10 Vertigo  
11 Elijah  

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