Blood Red Shoes' worst interview
- By Jack Preston -
- Mar 28, 2012
Following Blood Red Shoes’ first interview, singer Laura-Mary Carter tells Virgin Red Room all about her and the band’s worst times. If you thought your worst date was a horror tale, then just be thankful it’s not as bad as Laura-Mary’s…
The worst record I bought was a David Lynch one a few years ago. I thought it was going to be a Twin Peaks sort of sound but it’s just this terrible, terrible dance music. I was expecting atmospheric and cool, not so.
My worst drunken experience was recently at my manager’s wedding, I couldn’t even stand up. The next day Steve was like “I can’t believe you were like that, I’ve never seen you that way.” The thought of it makes me shudder.
My worst date is a tough choice, there’s been some really bad ones. One time I didn’t even realise I was going on a date, I thought it was just a friendly drink – I was so naïve. This guy turned up in a bloody tuxedo and I was like “what the fuck is going on here?” He took me to this bar and ordered me a whole bottle of wine and himself a beer, I said I wasn’t going to drink a bottle but he was like “well, I’ve paid for it now and we’ve got to go in a moment, so drink up.”
Being a complete idiot I tried to drink as much as I could, then we got onto the bus – with the wine – and I started to feel really drunk. We got to this gay bar in Soho and I had a whisky, then he explained “I’ve taken you to a gay bar so nobody else can hit on you.” At that point I knew it wasn’t going well so I went to the toilet and escaped out the back door into a cab. What the fuck!?
Our worst gig was in Brighton, supporting The Go! Team. It was one of those nightmare days, I was coming from London on the train and couldn’t afford a ticket so got kicked off, then my guitar broke. I got to the venue really late and the bouncer wouldn’t let me in, when finally I got in the set-up went all wrong with the sound engineers. During the show the drum kit fell off the stage and then the strap broke on the guitar I had borrowed, it was a disaster – I wanted the ground to swallow me up.
Our worst song, mmm yeah. There’s one off our first album that I’d be more than happy to never hear again. You’re always going to put out some bad material and there’s been times when I look back and think ‘what the hell was that?’ You can’t afford to regret it though, it’s part of who we are.
Our worst review was a recent one of the new album, it just really wound me up as the writer clearly didn’t like us. The review was from a magazine that I will not mention, it just went on about us turning into a synth band – but there’s not any synth on the album!
The worst day for Blood Red Shoes was when we got told that our label had been bought out by Universal so we had to go onto Mercury Records, that was a pretty dark day. We never wanted to be on a major label so it felt like the end, it all worked out in the end though.
'In Time To Voices' is our third record so we’re a little more relaxed, we don’t get as worried and there’s a certain feeling of confidence now. I definitely think we’ve improved over the years and this album is a big progression. I listen to our first single and just can’t believe it’s the same band, when we started out we didn’t really know how to play our instruments.
Read Blood Red Shoes' first interview for a whole host of first times to go with these worst times.
Blood Red Shoes' new album, In Time To Voices, is out now. They will be playing dates across Europe in both April and May.