Yorkshire rockers come up trumps with their giddy-making debut.
Camilla Pia 2010
As followers of this Leeds foursome have now come to expect big, belching flesh wounds and splattered blood from recklessly anarchic shows, which have seen the band tipped as one of the most thrilling live acts in Britain, sitting sedately at home listening to Pulled Apart By Horses’ music isn’t exactly going to have the same effect. Unless you’re a clever bunch like this lot, however, who by hooking up with producer James Kenosha in the highly un-rock location of Bridlington, have somehow managed to create a record so brilliantly brutal and fizzing with ferocious energy that it feels, from the first track onwards, like you’re plonked face-down in grime and battered relentlessly with beer, sweat and dodgy bodily fluids.
This is a very good thing, as their self-titled debut proves throughout 35-ish minutes of pile-driving riffs, relentless drumming and raspy shrieking courtesy of captivating frontman Tom Hudson. Reminiscent of The Icarus Line and At the Drive-In at their most infectious, the album screams drag the listener to the mosh pit while simultaneously introducing them to the band’s occasionally rather bizarre musings via a whole host of musical starts and stops, punch-the-air shout-alongs and all sorts of time signature trickery.
Back To The F*** Yeah is hugely powerful as an opening gambit: all bludgeoned guitars and pounding rhythms, paving the way for more of the same from the compelling but oddly named The Crapsons and High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive. Yeah Buddy, with its elastic bassline, is yet another highlight and, along with Meat Balloon, shows a poppier side to PABH’s smart output. But these are superbly counter-balanced by the monstrous and supremely heavy I've Got Guestlist to Rory O'Hara's Suicide, and an epic of a seven-minute metal finale in the form of the unashamedly RATM-alike Den Horn.
All terribly exciting, even from the comfort of your sofa, but it’s Get Off My Ghost Train which provides perhaps the most intrigue here. The track boasts a darker, tougher edge that if Pulled Apart By Horses were to explore further in future offerings might just make for something even more spectacular than this thoroughly exhilarating first romp.