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Blood Red Shoes like getting heavier

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With a new EP, "Water," out in January to complement last year's "In Time to Voices," the British duo Blood Red Shoes is happy to be building its repertoire

"Just having more stuff to play is always good," says singer-guitarist Laura-Mary Carter. "People are starting to get to know us a bit more in the States -- obviously not on a big scale, but in terms of how many records we have now (three), there's a lot more for people to get ahold of. And it's cool to be able to play more stuff.

"There's just a little more of a story, I guess."

The "Water" EP, meanwhile, is a different story from "In Time to Voices" for Carter and drummer Steven Ansell. Where the album was Blood Red Shoes' most deliberate and polished release yet, "Water" reverts back to the grittier sound of the group's earlier recordings. "It's less considered," as Carter, 29, puts it, and she and Ansell like it that way.

"The records I really like aren't perfect; they have more of a feel, more vibe to them," she explains. "I like the idea of changing it up. It would be really boring to just recreate the same sound every time. We're trying to figure out how to incorporate all the stuff we like into our songs without making them sound the same every time -- or maybe we're just contrary and like to do the opposite of what we did before."

Carter adds that Blood Red Shoes has already started writing and recording its fourth album and plans to devote full time to it this summer.

Blood Red Shoes and Electric Corpse perform Wednesday, April 24, at the Magic Stick Lounge, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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