Thursday, 23 October 2008

Review - Pulled Apart By Horses - Meat Balloon (Single)

Pulled Apart By Horses - Meat Balloon (Single)

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9 out of 10

Leeds four-piece Pulled Apart By Horses are the bridge between much-in favour US noise rock (Oxes, Parts & Labor, et al), the wild hardcore of Rolo Tomassi and shiny, mainstream rock melodies - it's a bridge that goes in lots of directions.

With their scrappy fluorescent logo through to images of meat balloons and being ripped in half by large animals, PABH deliver a beefy mix, violence, the grotesque and fun. The mutated Morello riffs on 'The Lighthouse' and 'Super Hang-On' drag out what's left of your fist-pumping adolescence, but it's the A-side which really marks PABH out.

'Meat Balloon' holds up and plays with some of modern punk's stereotypes - the sweaty machismo ("WE ARE SO MACHO! WE ARE SO, SO, SO!"); the obsession in interviews with the ironic '80s (in particular 'Back To The Future' and 'Bill & Ted') - over riffs that funk and beats that snap like limbs. It builds and then falls into a heavy lurch to the finish; showing they can make your head bang as well as twisting it.


1. Meat Balloon
2. The Lighthouse
3. Super Hang-On

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