Pulled Apart By Horses (Formed 2008) Pulled Apart By Horses is a four-piece alternative rock band. They are made up of the members Tom Hudson, James Brown, Lee Vincent and Robert Lee. They are known for their singles, "High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive" and "Lizard Baby".
Formation: After each member's former bands split up, the four members joined together to form Pulled Apart By Horses. James Brown contacted Lee Vincent, formerly from the band Concentration Champ, through a music forum. James Brown wanted to start a band in Leeds, taking inspiration from such bands as "The Jesus Lizard". The pair invited Robert Lee to play bass, and the trio rehearsed regularly on the outskirts of Leeds. They then invited Tom Hudson, lead singer, to join them after his previous band, Mother Vulpine, broke up. After their final formation in 2008, the foursome consistently rehearsed above 'The Packhorse' pub in Leeds, where they also performed live shows and secret gigs.
Musical Career Between 2008 and 2009: They released numerous singles through independent and DIY record labels. Eventually, they were signed by Transgressive Records, and released their debut album, which was self-titled, "Pulled Apart By Horses", in 2010. Pulled Apart By Horses took a break from touring in August 2011, and went to the Mennow Valley Studio is Wales to record with Gil Norton (Foo Fighters & Pixies record producer). Pulled Apart By Horses second album, "Tough Love", was released on 20th January 2012 to critical acclaim. Their third album, "Blood" was released in September 2014. This got them a place at 38, in the UK top 40. Pulled Apart By Horses are known for performing such chaotic live gigs, that the band members are frequently injured.
Leeds rockers Pulled Apart By Horses talk about the band's beginnings, songwriting and their Dr Martens Stand For Something shows in a clip from their 2014 European tour diary. 'When we started practising, it was just me and Rob and Lee, we didn't have a singer', says lead guitarist James Brown. 'We were just jamming - there wasn't a band, it was just p***ing about, something to do.'
Pulled Apart By Horses burst onto the scene four years ago with their self-titled debut which saw them immediately rise to the top of the UK underground both in terms of the quality of their music and success with a noise influenced hard rock sound. They then followed that with 'Tough Love' in 2012; an album that saw them brush off some of their rawness and heaviness to embrace their accessible rock side. Now with 'Blood' they cast aside even more of that original sound - but it's by no means a bad thing.
Kicking things off is 'Hot Squash' which signals that Pulled Apart By Horses are opting to hypnotise and entice you this time around rather than kick you in the teeth. They do this with the more groove orientated riffs and vocalist Tom Hudson adopting an eerier tone. 'ADHD In HD' starts off in a clangy way that's almost no-wave. It goes on to take a Sonic Youth influence with a sarcastic tone underlined by seriousness, not to mention the jumpy breakdown and erratic ending. 'Skull Noir' might as well be called Skull Crushing; it's opening riff hits you so hard with Black Sabbath-esque strength and doom, before going into more high octane jumpy rock 'n' roll with 'Life will always get you hurt' being bluntly repeated. 'You Want It' is built up with fuzzy bass and driving drums before becoming the most energetic track on the album with its 'I'm going out of my mind, but I can take it' sentiment.
When listening to this album you see a band that have evolved from impatiently hammering out noise to patiently putting a spell on you. That's not to say that their spontaneous work is bad (it's actually really good), but the band focusing on their craft has resulted in them creating a different kind of beast altogether. Take 'Outahead' for instance; where Hudson once screamed bloody murder in your face, he now dizzies you with his gloomy vocals which one can't deny is just as effective. Following that is 'Medium Rare' which is their grooviest song yet; an incredibly loose and danceable hook that Queens Of The Stone Age probably wouldn't have minded claiming ownership to. The album ends the most upbeat thing the band have ever done with the guitars cooled down a notch and Hudson joyously yelling the song's title.
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If you've paid any attention to the UK rock scene over the last few years, you'll probably be familiar with Leeds quartet Pulled Apart By Horses, with their unique, noise-influenced, heavy rock that saw them quickly rise up through the underground and take a step into the mainstream. After 2010's wonderfully weird self-titled debut as well as 2012's more accessible 'Tough Love', they are back with new single 'Hot Squash'; a taste of their upcoming third album 'Blood' (out September 1st via their own label Best Of The Best).
'Hot Squash' appears to go further down the more straightforward route that 'Tough Love' took, sounding considerably mellower compared to their older material, with slow groovy riffs that wouldn't sound out of place on the last Queens Of The Stone Age album '.Like Clockwork'. Tom Hudson's vocals seem to have calmed down too, with him hypnotically pulling you in as opposed to screaming himself hoarse, like he would've done on PABH's debut. This less frantic sound works really well for the band and, despite the changes, this still feels like Pulled Apart By Horses thanks to the subtle jinks here and there, such as the space-like sound effect that halts the rest of the song about two minutes in.
A great song that shows a new side to the band and sees them on the next logical step of their evolution. If the rest of 'Blood' is this good, we're all in for something special.
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The works is inspired by some of the most weird and wonderful albums covers in history.
A new exhibition in Leeds sees illustrator Jack Hudson team-up with 3D duo Lord Whitney to produce work inspired by some of most weird and wonderful record covers in music history. Though particularly strange, you won't find Aphex Twin's Windowlicker, Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica, or even Hot Chip's The Warning anywhere to be seen at the exhibition - at Leeds Gallery, Munro House - though you may be surprised by what you do encounter.
Hudson and Lord Whitney - the latter made up of Amy Lord and Rebecca Whitney - have created their very own back catalogue of LP cover designs for a series of fictitious artists, some of whom you may spot wandering around at the preview viewing. As such, the exhibition will be a feast for both the eyes and ears, with strange, warped artworks bolstered by original music from Leeds favourites Pulled Apart By Horses, Department M, Lone Wolf, and Sky Larkin.
Leeds rockers Pulled Apart By Horses have unveiled the music video for their song 'Epic Myth' featured on their second album 'Tough Love' which came out in January 2012 on Transgressive Records and peaked at number 67 in the UK charts. The record has now been released as a deluxe edition featuring four bonus tracks.
The band are featured suited up with Blues Brothers-esque sunglasses, drinking together, smoking cigars and generally having a laugh. It reflects the chaotic sound of the song with its heavy guitar riffs, loud drums and shrieking vocals; it sounds exactly like it is the result of four minutes of fun rather than carefully constructed musical work. The video, of course, WAS just the result of a night of fun with guitarist James Brown insisting that the band had the 'worst collective hangover' the morning after.
Brown also mentioned how busy their year has been what with opening the main stage at the Leeds/Reading festival for the first time and embarking on a string of sold out shows. 'It has been one hell of a year for us and we're knee deep in writing now and looking forward to next year', he said. Drummer Lee Vincent has described 2012 as 'monumental' and is 'proud' to reveal more of their work from over the years.
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Tom Hudson, Pulled Apart By Horses, Leeds & Reading Festival and Reading Festival - Lee Vincent and Tom Hudson of Pulled Apart by Horses Sunday 26th August 2012 Reading Festival 2012 - Performances - Day Three
Leeds 4-piece Pulled Apart By Horses debut the accompanying video to their 'Bromance Ain't Dead' single on Transgressive Records (Mystery Jets, Two Door Cinema Club) which is released this week alongside a free B-side download of 'I Might As Well'.
Leeds-based alternative heroes Pulled Apart By Horses are set to return on April 23rd 2012 with the single and video release of 'Wolf Hand' from this years January release Tough Love, released through Transgressive Records. The band's second album, Tough Love was praised by critics and fans alike for its pounding beats, soaring guitars and clever injection of humour and 'Wolf Hand' offers absolutely no exception to what we've come to expect from the group. Having already received unprecedented support from the likes of BBC Radio One, 6 Music and XFM the band look to continue this healthy tradition of well-received, ballsy rock.
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Pulled Apart By Horses' new single, V.E.N.O.M., will be released on January 16th, 2012. It is the lead single from their second album, Tough Love, which will be released on January 23rd through Transgressive Records. Pulled Apart By Horses have announced a UK tour in February 2012.
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