Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes are making their long awaited full return with their brand new album ‘Get Tragic’, which is set for release early next year. We caught up with them to find out a little more about the record and what makes them tick.

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. “We didn’t, at any point, have a breather,” says Steven Ansel (drums and vocals), “We probably didn’t see each other for about 10 days a year, tops, for six or seven years.” Understandably, such incessant close proximity led to implosion. “We got the to the end of the fourth record and were like, ‘F**k you, I never want to see you again’,” Steven adds, half-laughing, half-sighing.

Laura then packed her bags and headed to LA for a while before the band reunited again. “The reason we called it Get Tragic is because we realised that everything we’ve been doing over the last three years is kinda tragic!” he says, prompting laughter from the pair. “Just like, ‘Ooh, I hate you, I’m going to America to find myself’, and like ‘Ooh, I’m gonna party for the rest of the year!’ Everything about it is such a cliché – we were like, ‘We’ve turned into a f**kin tragedy!’”

‘Get Tragic’, then, fully embraces the absurdity of the bands situation. As a result, the pair come out the other side sounding fresher and more assured than ever.

We spoke to the sibling duo to find out about a few things that do and don’t make them tick…

Three words to describe our/my music
Crazy, sexy, cool

Favourite ever film…
Paris, texas –  Wim Wenders

Favourite instagram account…
Hardcore decor (it’s shots of wallpaper and furniture from the background of 70s porn)

The best venue I’ve played…
glasgow barrowlands

The song I can’t listen to…
what kind of man – florence and the machine (that guitar riff is such a theft from our band dunno why we didn’t sue)

The worst job I’ve ever had…
collecting turkey eggs on a battery farm

My favourite meal to cook…
cook two miniature goodfellas pizzas whilst you fry a beef burger then use the two pizzas as the bun

If I was in a tribute band it would be…
Phil Collins

My Favourite word….
onomatopoeia

If I had a superpower I’d want it to be….
never having to sleep ever again

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
Mexico because we never get booked there and yet we have loads of fans their who travel as far as USA, Canada, France and UK to come see us.

I think you should listen to… 
Bodega from New York

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Elvis in his drug phase

Blood Red Shoes’ most recent single Mexican Dress is out now.