Pulled Apart By Horses
Pulled Apart By Horses


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
September 16th, 2010 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pulled Apart By Horses finally bring the party to album form. Fun, aggression, infectiousness and all round craziness anchored by poppy song writing, this could be your new favourite band.

It’s been a long time coming but UK rockers Pulled Apart By Horses have finally released their debut album. During their young, but burgeoning career the quartet have toured relentlessly, shared stages with the likes of fellow countrymen Biffy Clyro, Muse and Future Of The Left and blown away audiences at festivals such as Reading & Leeds, Hevy and Download. In short they have been diligently making their name on the UK live circuit. But a question that surely crossed the minds of witnesses to their feral brand of ‘party-rock’ is whether they can translate the energy of their live show to CD. Pulled Apart By Horses’ self-titled debut attempts to do this and mostly succeeds, although not entirely.

With their self-titled debut being released following such fervent touring, many who have seen the band will be at least somewhat familiar with most of the material found here, and so there was always a chance that it may sound slightly predictable – which would be disastrous for this album. Fortunately songs such as ‘The Crapsons’ and ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’ lose none of their energy and carry a playful air of volatility about them. Their music is a balls-out style of rock/post-hardcore (a la Million Dead or Blakfish – both British, both sadly defunct) mixed with the twee intricacies of modern indie-pop bands such as Foals, and the infectiousness of fellow bearded Brits, Biffy Clyro. Throughout the album they deviate little from this formula – though this is not too much of a problem considering the wide range of influences which merge to define PABH’s sound – and considering how well they pull it off. It’s a surprise then, that the best song on the album, ‘Yeah, Buddy’ is arguably the most atypical, with its breezy chorus and cool guitar work in the verses lacking the playful aggression present in almost every single song on the album.

In certain areas, however, Pulled Apart By Horses do slip up. Album closer ‘Den Horn goes on about four minutes too long and the fantastically titled ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’ is frequently slowed down to an extent bordering on ridiculous. Having said that, the ideas that contributed to these faults still show a great deal of promise from a young band. The overly repetitive refrain in ‘Den Horn’ is actually a monster of a riff that a band like Queens Of The Stone Age would be proud of, and the song writing in ‘High Five…’ which led to the overly dramatic tempo shifts is intelligent and unique in its own ***ed up way. The only real complaint you can level at the album is that it is too one-dimensional, but then again, this is too be expected.

Pulled Apart By Horses’ debut could certainly have come out sooner than it did, but instead of releasing it, the band have been spending their time wowing audiences across the country. Their hard work has paid off as during this time they have road-tested an albums worth of material and should know by now that it is great. With excellent musicianship across the board, although there is a greater focus on the work of the two guitars; a penchant for unhinged, but catchy song writing; and a great ‘party attitude’ PABH’s self-titled debut is indeed a success. In, they could very well be your new favourite band - you just don’t know it yet.



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craigy2
September 16th 2010


551 Comments


this is my first review in over a year so it's probably not that great. any constructive criticism/feedback would be much appreciated. thanks

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2010


7338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I like this and I've seen them twice, and they are excellent.

Also you simply have to love a band with a song called 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat.'

craigy2
September 16th 2010


551 Comments


haha yes you do
they're a brilliant live band, they're supporting foals at my uni in november so am really looking forward to that

KrissWatts
September 16th 2010


96 Comments


Really nice review. Great to see someone justify the album with something so well written. Do you own the CD by any chance because the artwork is immense.

STOP SHOUTING!
September 17th 2010


631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well written, might check this out.

craigy2
September 17th 2010


551 Comments


cheers, guys! i do own the cd and yes the album artwork is indeed immense. i like how they use loads of different artists for it yet it all fits together
stop shouting!, judging by your ratings i reckon you'd love this

bodiesinflight57
September 17th 2010


869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seen PABH four times now...great live band.

TREO5
September 17th 2010


1069 Comments


Isn't this was In Rainbows was supposed to be titled?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
September 30th 2010


20857 Comments


I missed this. Great to see you back reviewing Richard… As clear & informative as ever.

Band sounds really really interesting.


bodiesinflight57
October 3rd 2010


869 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@ TRE05

No

Gerbilman
November 5th 2010


10 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I mostly agree with this review. Den Horn is just stupidly long and it is one dimensional in places. However, I reckon High Five... is actually pretty good.

By the way, really well-written review.

craigy2
November 6th 2010


551 Comments


Thank you very much! I do actually really like High Five... I just feel that the tempo change on "I'll make you dance with my balls on fire" is overdone, though it was a very good idea

Deathcar
January 8th 2011


1534 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such a fun record, though it is somewhat one level, though I guess that's mostly from the loss of energy from live to record.

6plobbant
February 16th 2011


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great record, although I don't get why they didn't include E=Mc Hammer

TomLobban
March 1st 2011


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please read my review of Chickenhawk Modern Bodies, they are a fellow Leeds band who have toured with Pulled Apart.. a couple of times.

foxblood
August 24th 2011


6797 Comments


meat balloon is awesome, radical, and totally bodacious

Spec
October 10th 2011


27173 Comments


Apparently you just have to see this band live.

JackBaker
October 24th 2011


13 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I feel that some of the 'rawness' that was inherent in the demos existing before this LP was lost in over production. However, still a great record and absolutley awe inspiring live.



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