Leeds-based Pulled Apart By Horses have returned with a brand new, much-anticipated 12 track album 'Blood', self-released through their own label 'Best of the Best'. Following on from 2012's 'Tough Love', recent single and opener 'Hot Squash' has already impressed the likes of Zane Lowe, while 'Lizzard Baby' was honoured with Radio 1's Track of the Day. Recorded in Leeds with the help of Matt Peel, who has also worked with Leeds' most recent success story Eagulls, 'Blood' is a leap forward in terms of breadth of vision, with the band citing cinematic influences such as Paul Thomas Anderson's film The Master.
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Leeds rock lads Pulled Apart By Horses return this week with album number four, 'Blood'. They've slickened up their act since their early days of bulldozing post-hardcore-pop, and have enlisted local producer Matt Peel (Eagulls) for this follow-up to the Gil Norton-helmed 'Tough Love', but the results aren't too far removed.
Nowadays this lot are crafting chunky pop-rock which reminds me of a lot of the Britrock explosion in the tail end of the '90s - bands like Bush, Therapy?, The Beekeepers and Groop Dogdrill - but with more jagged and punchy guitars that inject an urgent momentum and slightly metallic edge to proceedings. I can totally imagine my teenage self jumping up and down to this in a sweaty room 15 years ago.
Thankfully despite wearing their influences on their sleeves, Pulled Apart By Horses have the riffs and subtly catchy vocal hooks to back it up. I'm particularly enjoying the weirdly phasing riffage in the final moments of opener 'Hot Squash' and the shameless fist-pumping anthem 'You Want It' is like Queens of the Stone Age at their most crunchy with its croon'n'riff chorus. Solid and polished Britrock business for the kids.
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