On their last two sonic blasts, “Box of Secrets” and “Fire Like This,” U.K. noise-pop duo Blood Red Shoes had fallen into one pattern of working “which involved jamming together, screaming over the top of it and then working some melodies out,” says guitarist-vocalist Laura-Mary Carter of the sessions with singer-drummer Steven Ansell. But they went back to the drawing board for the adventurous new “In Time to Voices,” exemplified by percussive lead single “Cold.” “We felt like it was time to do something a bit differently, so we started with just the guitars and vocals and then spent a lot of time with the melodies, really fine-tuning them,” she says.
Is it true that you worked every straight job under the sun?
Well, Steven had it a lot easier, because he’s a sound guy, and he could go on tour and do sound for bands when he wasn’t doing Blood Red Shoes. But I didn’t have that kind of skill, so I had normal jobs. But I had to keep quitting them because every time we went on tour, I couldn’t get the time off. So I’d have to get another one when I came back. And I’ve had sooo many jobs, from secretarial to shop, cleaning and data-entry jobs. But it used to be really intense, because I’d work seven days a week, and we’d go on tour around England, but we had to drive back from the venues every night so I could go straight to work.
Weirdest job ever?
I worked at the Ministry of Defense, and that was pretty interesting. I had to look through files and decide whether they needed to be destroyed or carried on for a further 10 years. So I had to look through some crazy files, and it was a little bit Sherlock Holmes-ian. I actually had to sign something saying that I wouldn’t be able to talk about it. But all I can say is, it’s a lot of alien, UFO things — stuff like that.
Ever destroy something there that you shouldn’t have?
Yeah, probably. I was tired all the time because I’d been out all night playing a show. And for the first year working there, if you weren’t security-cleared you had to have someone come with you everywhere. Even when you went to the toilet, you had to have someone stand outside. But I used to be so tired that I’d go to the toilet and try and sleep for three minutes, just rest my eyes while someone waited outside. So I probably did destroy loads of things I shouldn’t have. Sorry, everyone!