The Presets

Monqui Presents

The Presets

Blood Red Shoes

Tue, September 25

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Revolution Hall

Portland, OR


This event is all ages

The Presets
The Presets
The Presets are Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes. The duo met while pursuing musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Discovering a mutual interest in contemporary music outside of their course, they joined the instrumental, experimental band Prop, and in 2003 formed the more techno, dance focused duo The Presets.

The band became quickly recognised for their ability to fuse elements of dance music with an energy more akin to that of a rock'n'roll show. After signing with Modular Recordings in late 2003, the band released two EPs and an album Beams (2005).

In 2008 The Presets released the chart topping album Apocalypso, selling in excess of Triple Platinum sales in Australia and featuring four hit singles, including 'My People' -- which became the longest charting single in Australian history. The Presets went on to win 5 ARIA awards (and 2 ARIAArtisan Awards) for the album in 2008, including Album of the Year, as well as the J Award and FBI SMAC Award for Album of The Year. They also shared the coveted Songwriter of The Year Award at the 2009 APRA Awards.

Pacifica was released in 2012, featuring Rolling Stone Magazine's Song Of The Year, 'Ghosts.' Pacifica was also nominated for an ARIA Award, shortlisted for the AMP Award, the J Award, and was Album of the Year in the Herald Sun and Daily Telegraph, and Electronic Album of the Year in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Presets have been recognised worldwide for their dynamic live performances, playing hundreds of shows domestically and internationally, including key slots at renowned international music festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Exit, Melt and Splendour In The Grass.
Blood Red Shoes
Brighton England's Blood Red Shoes features Laura-Mary Carter (vocals/guitar) and Steven Ansell (drums/vocals), two enthusiastic punk-inspired brawlers who came together in late 2004 upon the demise of their previous bands. With one song in tow, the duo landed a gig and Blood Red Shoes were born. Their name is a reference to Ginger Rogers, who allegedly had to redo a tap dance scene so many times that her white dancing shoes ended up soaked in blood.

By mid-2005, Blood Red Shoes readied the release of their debut 7" EP for the London indie imprint Jonson Family. With BBC Radio 1 and XFM championing songs such as the shouty "Victory for the Magpie" and "Don't Always Say Yes," the EP sold out in just weeks. Follow-up singles ADHD and Stitch Me Back arrived on Try Harder in early 2006. Another trio of singles, "It's Getting Boring by the Sea," "I'll Be Your Eyes," and "I Wish I Was Someone Better," followed in 2007.

By 2008, Carter and Ansell were finally ready to release their debut album, Box of Secrets, produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, The 1975). It appeared that April to strong critical reviews. The duo re-teamed with Crossey for 2010's Fire Like This, which found Blood Red Shoes shedding some of their indie-disco rhythms for a heavier, more muscular sound. The album saw them extend their touring globally, across to North America as well as Asia and the furthest reaches of mainland Europe.

In Time To Voices, again produced by Mike Crossey, came in 2012 and saw the band explore their sound further, for the first time incorporating keyboards and acoustic instruments and touching on shoe gaze and Americana alongside their trademark alt-rock sound. This album saw the band become a main stage festival act for the first time, playing to their biggest ever crowds at Reading and Leeds, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, Summersonic, Hurricane Southside and more. The band’s success and subsequent regular visits to Germany saw the twosome fall in love with Berlin, and they promptly decamped to Kreuzberg at the end of their touring cycle and set up their own studio to write and record album four.

Emerging in late 2013 were the first fruits of this new arrangement, with the lead track “The Perfect Mess” being entirely self-produced and released via an innovative PR campaign. Fans in 10 different countries had to use their smartphones in order to find clues and unlock a new song. Initially scheduled to take a few days rabid fans from around the world unlocked the song in a matter of minutes. The full length, self-titled album followed in 2014 and displayed the raw, hard-edged feel captured by recording in the ex-industrial area of East Berlin.

After a long tour in support of their last album, the band decided to try somewhere radically different to write the new songs: Los Angeles. A stark contrast and thousands of miles from the foreboding concrete and steel of Berlin, L.A. provided the perfect opportunity for the band to explore new styles. After taking a well-earned break for 2015, the band spent 2016 writing new material. They fell in love the with the deep bassy sounds emanating from every passing car in L.A., feeling the groovier tempos of the west coast and indulging their love for all-out pop hooks. After playing a choice few European festival performances throughout late 2016, the band once again returned to their new creative homeland to record with Grammy-winning producer Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) to work on their 5th studio album. Scheduled for release in 2018, their 5th album sees the band wholly reinvent their sound, no longer a rock n roll duo but an ambitious, widescreen, vivid reincarnation incorporating loops, synths, electronics and vocal processing alongside their ear for classic hooks and attitude-laden delivery.