hmv.com reviews... Pulled Apart By Horses @ Cardiff Globe
Yorkshire noiseniks Pulled Apart By Horses are currently preparing for the release of their new album Blood, the follow-up to 2012's phenomenal Tough Love. They're out road testing new material and rolled into Cardiff last night (May 15th), we were there to review things...
Pulled Apart By Horses. Yorkshire's finest noiseniks.
Cardiff. The Globe.
Any good supports?
Support band The Wytches impressed the early crowd with their sounds, reminiscent of the early days of The Eighties B-Line Matchbox Disaster. Their riffs had the audience banging their heads along to every song and makes their debut album release Annabel Dream Reader in late August one to look out for.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The energy at any Pulled Apart By Horses gig never dips below relentless and this was no different. The crowd responded energetically to both new and old material with even the band getting involved in the heavy action down at the front.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Comprised of a perfect balance of their previous two albums and their upcoming new release the songs hit the audience with a kinetic force that is irresistible to not move to.
Opening with new track 'PWR' the crowd embrace the material as if they'd been playing it for years. Old favourites such as the delightfully named 'E=MC Hammer' and 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat' provoked huge reactions from an energetic and up for it crowd. Fresh material like 'Hot Squash' might be new to most people, but still had the crowd singing along loudly. The track is quite reminiscent of a Queens Of The Stone Age, and, perhaps, it's a hint that their new album could see them breaking into the mainstream with an even greater emphasis on their musicianship.
Hearing live rarity 'Degeneration Game' was a particular highlight, as was the band's cover of Iggy Pop's "I Wanna Be Your Dog", which caused mass sing alongs and pandemonium within the crowd. Ending with traditional set closer 'Den Horn' causes lead singer Tom Hudson to climb tables and get right into the mix of the crowd finishing the set as the opened with, a whole load of energy!
Any good between song banter?
Being the last gig of the tour there were the expected thanks to the crews and crowds. Having the guitarist of your band named "James Brown" also gives you the opportunity to have a lot of fun with the audience!
Did they put on much of a show?
Not many bands have their members playing their instruments within the audience, making their performances even more visceral than any other band out there currently. Having as much energy and excitement as they do on stage, it's clear to see why they are known as one of the most exhilarating live bands out there.
What was the highlight of the set?
Crowd favourite 'High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive' had the entire venue moving and singing along from the opening notes to it's final chaotic breakdown ensuing in a mosh pit the covered the whole floor.
Where can I catch them next?
They have just finished this current tour however you can catch them on the main stage at Reading & Leeds Festival from the 22nd-24th August. Being one of Britain's hardest working bands expect to see them touring relentlessly in the Autumn after their new album Blood is released on September 1st.