If you’re the kind of music fan that wants to be truly energised by their records, Pulled Apart By Horses are here to help. The four piece have always been consistent in their no holds barred, full frontal brand of indie rock, and they claim that they intended to reignite “the spontaneity of the first record” with the release of fourth studio album, The Haze. As is a recurring theme across all Pulled Apart By Horses’ records, each track is delivered in a compact, high energy package. Unpredictability is key— their style is crafted specifically for the stage; specifically to drum up as much chaos as possible.
The titular track, ‘The Big What If’ and ‘Hotel Motivation’ make up the first nine and a half minutes of the album, but won’t be new to fans as they are the very three used for promotion in the lead up to the release date. ‘Prince of Meats’ is the first of fresh material, pairing ferocious vocals from Tom Hudson along with long, seductive guitar riffs and properly setting the scene for the rest of the record. ‘Neighbourhood Witch’ follows on with the concept of ‘controlled aggression’, making it very apparent that Pulled Apart By Horses have no intention of ever turning it down.
‘Flash Lads’ takes on the task of paying homage to the band’s influences from yesteryear, sounding like the genius lovechild of The Rolling Stones and The Ramones, but with the kind of capability that only a modern band like Pulled Apart By Horses can pull off. It’s classic and contemporary, all at once.
Some would label this kind of output as ‘racket’, but that’s not even necessarily a bad thing with the amount of ambition that clearly lies within this band. Final track ‘Dumb Fun’ is particularly brilliant in this respect, a shining example of the way the quartet refuse to fall in line with what is expected from them. They’re genre-bending at best, making it fairly difficult to truly pinpoint where they sit. All that can be said is that they’re perfectly rough around the edges.
The Haze is a kick in the teeth— but for some reason, you really, really want it.