By Andrew Hunter
Red Music Solutions
Leeds band Pulled Apart by Horses return with their third album Blood, the band took time off from their hectic touring schedule to make this new offering. You can see that they took time on this more polished effort, but it still has the chaos that Pulled Apart By Horses has come to be known for. The opening track and single “Hot Squash” is straight out of the Josh Homme playbook with Q.O.T.S.A heavy riffs, but this album has more of a catchiness than previous albums and more clean vocals. It’s also a bassy record it has a groove to it, it will slap you in the face how much of a danceable record Blood is, especially on single “Lizard Baby”. You can pull some shapes like Carlton Banks if you choose to, it really feels like this could reach a much wider audience. But just because it could possibly reach a wider audience doesn’t mean it’s lost anything that I loved of the last two records. If I had to describe this album’s sound/influences basically riffs, grunge, desert rock, Nirvana, Q.O.T.S.A, Jesus Lizard… is how I would describe it and I like all those terms. It also seems like PABH are having fun and enjoying themselves lyrically on tracks like “ADHD in HD”, which is one of my favourites in the album. This album also seems like PABH are trying new things, songs like “Grim Deal” a much slower churning rock song than usual. “Medium Rare” has a great bass intro, everything really coming together on this song, lyrically, “I’m a confuser occasional Loser” and rhythmically in this song I hope this might be a single, but there are a lot of contenders. “Golden Monument” is an epic closer of the album, even if it does make me think of Pearl Jam for some reason but it’s one of the best tracks on there. The album is a blend of noisy, punk, desert rock riffs which is well worth a listen, although this is their most polished effort compared to the self titled debut and second album Tough Love produced by the legendary Gil Norton, Blood is the best record yet. Everything is on there, catchy choruses like “You Want It”, sadder songs like “Hello Men”, short punchy songs like Wipers-esque “Bag Of Snakes” and epics like last track “Golden Monument” it’s a great record …. also you can have a pint of Blood beer, named after the album- how many albums come in liquid form?
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