If you've never heard of Pulled Apart By Horses then where on Earth have you been for the last two years? The crazy hardcore band from Leeds have been pounding it out big time for a relatively short amount of time but the love for them is absolutely phenomenal. They're a four piece containing screaming maniac Tom Hudson, genius guitarist James Brown, bass monstrosity Robert John Lee and sensational drummer Lee Vincent. And when they blow - they BLOW!!!
Album numero dos (Tough Love) comes out on 23 January next year so not the longest wait in the world until our cravings set in place by the first awesome album are filled. We may have only heard one song but, hey, it's Horses, I don't think they even know the definition of the word "failure". Anything and everything that those chaps do is utterly faultless and that includes this new V.E.N.O.M. track.
If there was ever any doubt that Pulled Apart By Horses might have taken a commercial turn has now been dispelled; if anything they've gone in harder. Guitar riff upon guitar riff upon guitar riff upon guitar riff ... you get the picture. I feel that this is the dose of heavy drums, deafening vocals and strong basses that we so desperately need. In this ever expanding world of electronic music, it's essential for one (look at me all Queen's English) to keep one's head by listening to some proper raw energy now and again. Or pretty much non-stop in my case.
See, you can never have too little or too much Pulled Apart By Horses - any amount is perfect. You could catch just twenty seconds of V.E.N.O.M. (quite a tame title from the band that are usually punching lions in throats) and be completely refreshed with rock 'n' roll; you could listen to the whole of Tough Love and connect with all the emotion and power conveyed in excellent hardcore record; or you could hype yourself out at one of the many gigs the band are performing at Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Norwich, Southampton and London supported by the first band I ever reviewed - The Computers.
Retro garage band The Computers have had mild success since the start of the year. Their debut album on One Little Indian called This Is The Computers (bands do seem to have a habit of getting their name into the title of their first record) was, in my opinion, one of the greatest modern day albums with a flavour of those more mature rock records. Heavily influenced by punk bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash, The Computers are a must see band for anyone who reckons that rock 'n' roll may have been running dry in the past decade.