Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love
The second, eagerly anticipated album from Leeds four piece Pulled Apart By Horses is not for the faint hearted. Combining their early hardcore influences with a disco undertone, Tough Love doesn’t just pack a punch, but suggests a serious face/mirrorball encounter that will leave many a listener reeling. Hurtling off at breakneck speed with opener and lead single ‘V.E.N.O.M.’, the other ten tracks flash past, only coming to rest at around the 30 minute mark. Howling vocals slice sharply through thick riffs, while dirty, reverb-laden bass breakdowns allow time for a quick breather before sprinting into a chorus that could easily fill Wembley. Reminiscent of the heavier side of Queens of the Stone Age, PABH have made a career defining album, yet have still left themselves room to grow as a band when it comes to penning album number three.
Tough Love confirms that guitar-heavy music can still be dynamic and relevant in an age where electronic music seems to dominate. Made for the stage, this will make for an even better show than their already infamously injury-laden escapades. Closing track ‘Everything Dipped in Gold’ brings the album to an abrupt end, cymbals clashing to a sweaty halt. Whilst it may seem sudden, it works, leaving you with an insatiable thirst to hear more. Taking on the ominous sophomore album with ease, Pulled Apart By Horses seem to have no intention of slowing down anytime soon.