With five studio albums under their belt, at least by current music definitions Brighton’s fiery Rock duo Blood Red Shoes have been around for ages and performed recently at the Islington Assembly Hall in London as part of their UK and European tour.

Fully deserving credit for their longevity, the strength of endurance might be down to the partnership between frontman Laura-Mary Carter and drummer Steven Ansell.

It is the first time that I have had the pleasure to see them live and I can tell that they are on top form, delivering a slick and polished performance to a crowd that seems to know every word of every song.

Setting off with the piercing sonics of Elijah and God Complex, which has a quiet-versus-loud alternation technique, makes for a great opening, while Mexican Dress, taken from the current album, delivers in every way, a vibrant guitar pop song with a live execution that is nothing short of arresting. Other highlights of the setlist are Cold, the raw, direct and relentless energy of An Animal, while somehow placing the vocals more centrally seems to add a different dimension to Howl.

In respect of sound and overall delivery, it’s close to an impeccable set. Blood Red Shoes showed they have the talent, experience and support to do anything they want.

Review & photos by Selena Ferro

Alongside them for much of their current tour, they have Los Angeles indie-rock band Queen Kwong. The band was founded by multi-instrumentalist Carré Callaway and her songs and stage show are a blatant protest at the ‘sanitisation’ of rock in recent years. Her work stands out from a lot of other artists; Callaway embodies the true and uncompromising spirit of rock; during the whole set I can’t keep my eyes off her because her moves and energy are mesmerizing!

She literally throws mind, body and soul into a voracious performance. It only a short set, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for with intensity.

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