Relentlessly gigging off the back of their self-produced and self-titled fourth album, the heels fell off Blood Red Shoes at the end of 2014.
A near-decade of incessant road time and a non-stop pace of life finally took its toll.
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 got the to the end of the fourth record and were like, "'Fuck you, I never want to see you again'," said Steven Ansell, half-laughing, half-sighing.
Laura-Mary Carter packed her bags and bought a one-way flight to Los Angeles.
She fell in with a songwriter's crowd, penning tracks and collaborations with big-time pop producers.
Steven, conversely, "went out and took drugs and went clubbing for about half a year… I don't remember a lot about it.
"Classic break-up move, right?"… "The reason we called the album Get Tragic is because we realised that everything we've been doing over the last three years is kinda tragic!
"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 fuckin' tragedy!""
Blood Red Shoes regrouped, refocused and their newly reinvigorated sound sees the local duo injecting their raw rock and roll, and visceral songwriting, with keys and synths galore (a change that came by accident, thanks to a motorbike crash that saw guitarist Laura-Mary Carter breaking her arm – just one of many trials and tribulations to have befallen the band since their last album four years ago).
So with new single Kid Don't Be So Shy
, Blood Red Shoes take on a new industrial dance direction.
Ansell says of the single:
"This song is a club tune at heart, built around one synth bass loop which repeats and grows and breathes but never deviates from the same hypnotic rhythm.
"It's two punk rockers trying to make dance music so it came out a bit warped and strange and dark that's exactly the way we like it."