By mid-2005, Blood Red Shoes readied the release of their debut 7" EP for the London indie imprint Jonson Family
. With BBC Radio 1 and XFM championing songs such as the shouty "Victory for the Magpie" and "Don't Always Say Yes," the EP sold out in just weeks. Follow-up singles ADHD and Stitch Me Back arrived on Try Harder
in early 2006. Another trio of singles, "It's Getting Boring by the Sea," "I'll Be Your Eyes," and "I Wish I Was Someone Better," followed in 2007.
By 2008, Carter and Ansell were finally ready to release their debut album, Box of Secrets, produced by Mike Crossey (Razorlight
, Arctic Monkeys
). It appeared that April to generally strong reviews. The duo re-teamed with Crossey for 2010's Fire Like This, which found Blood Red Shoes adopting a more stripped-down sound. They worked with the producer again two years later on In Time to Voices, a more expansive effort that embraced grunge, Americana, and shoegaze influences. In 2014, Blood Red Shoes returned with their fourth studio album, an eponymous effort released on their own Jazz Life
imprint. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi