Blood Red Shoes at Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Yet again the weather was horrific down here on the not-so-sunny south coast, but inside the Wedgewood Rooms all that was to be forgotten as Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes came to town.

The night began with the looping riffs and tightly-wound songs of Dublin rock band The Cast Of Cheers, who really got the pulses racing, and set the tone for what was to be a great night of music.

Steven Ansell and Laura-Mary Carter aka Blood Red Shoes took to the stage to a tempest of cheers and applause, and dove straight into their set, impressing all with their spooky, angst-driven alternative punk-pop.

The duo treated the Wedge crowd to tracks from their back catalogue, such as ADHD, Say Something, Say Something and Light It Up as well as a good number of tracks from their recent, slightly more polished album In Time To Voices, which included the anthemic pop chorus and driving riffs of current single, Cold.

Blood Red Shoes were outstanding, a real joy to witness live, and judging by their reaction, the crowd wholeheartedly agreed.