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Sunday 21 November 2021

Brighton's Laura-Mary Carter Puts Blood Red Shoes On The Back Burner For Release Of Debut Solo Album Town Called Nothing

Brighton's Laura-Mary Carter, best known as one half of rockers Blood Red Shoes, will make her solo debut this December with the release of mini-album, Town Called Nothing.

A much quieter and more contemplative sound than her usual guitar-shredding anthems, Town Called Nothing was written in between tours at various sublets and studios in the UK and Los Angeles.

"I found a beat up acoustic guitar and without thinking about it songs just started to come to me," she shares

"The idea of writing on an acoustic guitar was new to me, I'd always written songs for my band which has a very heavy disposition. 

"I realised that writing in this intimate way exposed my voice and changed the way I was writing and singing lyrics."

Following title-track Town Called Nothing, Laura-Mary shares new single Ceremony.

The accompanying video sees her performing the song in Jimi Hendrix's bedroom, backed by a band consisting of Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Electric Ladyland, Patti Smith), Jack Flanagan (The Mystery Jets) and Patrick Walden (Babyshambles).

"We all felt really good playing in that room, it definitely added some magic to what we were playing. 

"I fell in love with the blue curtains and apparently Jimi got them from John Lewis (I had no idea John Lewis was around that long!). You learn something everyday."

Laura-Mary explains of Ceremony:

"The song is about my career. It's about being in debt to someone and trying to break free. 

"It's about the feeling of not having a choice but to make music because that's who I am but that sometimes comes with a price or with massive sacrifices. 

"It's about making peace with the choices and decisions I have made over the years and moving forward."

Laura-Mary started the rock band Blood Red Shoes, who have spent 17 years touring the world. 

Playing well over 1000 shows, from London to Los Angeles and Moscow to Melbourne, she was sometimes away from home for over 250 days of the year, and with plenty more to come. 

But her detachment from a place called "home" started much earlier in life.

It proved to be a very creative time and a much-needed outlet for a softer, more reflective side of Laura-Mary. 

"I have no idea where it came from but I just wrote these straightforward chords and the lyrics came out…a town called nothing." 

A country-indebted lament about the inescapable pull of a relationship doomed to fail, it was the gateway to a new world of songwriting for Laura-Mary, who explains: 

"It's about going back to that emotional place, even though you know it's empty, but you find yourself compelled to go back."

Laura-Mary Carter's solo album 'Town Called Nothing' is out on Friday 3rd December 2021. CLICK HERE to pre-order.

by: Mike Cobley


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