Pulled Apart By Horses @ Newcastle Think Tank? 7 April 2017
Friday night in Newcastle is normally an interesting thing to witness and Pulled Apart By Horses found that out the hard way as they overcame electrical failure and on stage sickness to prove their worth in sublime style.
After the release of their self-titled debut album in 2010, the band took off like a rocket and many expected them to be headlining bigger venue than Think Tank after six years in the game – but theirs is a story of the long journey, ups and downs and taking things back to the roots that made them successful in the first place.
In order to record their latest album The Haze, the four-piece decamped to a Welsh cottage for 10 days and just did what feels natural to them. The result was an 9/10 RUSHONROCK rated album that clearly comes from their happy place, and so it was no surprise that the majority of the setlist comprised of tunes from that and Pulled Apart By Horses.
Despite having four albums out, the band are probably still best known for the best from their debut and it was a monumental shame when the power cut out to lead singer Tom Hudson on I Punched A Lion In The Throat, leaving the crowd swirling in the mosh pit to the strangest instrumental version of the song you’ll ever hear.
The Haze is probably the band’s most universally accessible album, and the biggest songs from it are proven floor fillers. Hotel Motivation, The Big What If, What’s Up Dude? and even Lamping garnered huge reactions from the crowd and confirmed their status among the band’s legion of hits.
There was also a moment of unexpected glee when the band threw in a cover of Motley Crue’s Helter Skelter, which was a bit of a curveball moment but it was lapped up nonetheless.
But when Hudson, suffering from a stomach bug, had to throw up on stage before the last song of the night, High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive and got on with the show without a hint of a whimper you knew this was a band out to give their all and not let anything get in the way of that.