Pulled Apart By Horses – Tough Love Pulled Apart By Horses – Tough Love

Behold! A glam trash riot.

Is that a thing we should be celebrating? Fuck it. I’m drunk and it fucking well ought to be.

When I first heard Pulled Apart by Horses it was at the behest of Chelsea Piers (of the, sadly, defunct Gay for Johnny Depp with whom Pulled Apart by Horses [PABH for the duration of the review since my left eye just fell asleep which may or may not mean that I’m having a stroke] once shared a split and tour with, I think) and, thought it took me a while to get wise to the hooked screams and smartass wonder of their self-titled debut, I eventually settled in to the sad fact that there wasn’t a single North American band playing the kind of balls-deep, charming anarchy that PABH was espousing and I adored them under the blithe assumption that I would never hear from them again.

Thank FUCK, then, for Tough Love.

This record is brash and stupid and lovable as fuck. Last year, I would’ve lumped it into the troubled idea that anything fast, off and loud could be defined as post-hardcore but tonight that would make about as much sense as defining Arcade Fire as indie just because they write rock operas for French Horns.

(somebody needs to stop them)

And though it doesn’t knuckle me in the same deep way their eponymous effort did (it would be hard for any band to trump the dubious party anthemics of “High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive” or “Yeah Buddy”) Tough Love is still a hell of a record. All pomp and cheek and bile from the dummy bash of opener “V.E.N.O.M.” through the indecipherably catchy chorus of “Some Mothers” straight to the almost (but mercifully, never quite) ponderous out of “Everything Dipped in Gold.”

It’s a “cover to cover record” as Msr. Solanet would say.

And it has less in common now with any band that could casually command a circle pit (though you could kick the shit out of someone to it) than it does to the Sunset Strip. Think a snarky, smarter, harder L.A. Guns. Faster Pussycat without the scarves. Big riffs and posture shrieks on about being a dick way back when being a dick was just being a dick so now you’re the dick?

That’s kind of awesome.

Tracklist:
01 – V.E.N.O.M.
02 – Wolf Hand
03 – Shake Off the Curse
04 – Epic Myth
05 – Some Mothers
06 – Night of the Living (I’m Scared of People)
07 – Wildfire, Smoke & Doom
08 – Bromance Ain’t Dead
09 – Give Me a Reason
10 – Degeneration Game
11 – Everything Dipped In Gold

Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love, reviewed by Charles on 2012-02-16T05:02:59+00:00 rating 3.5 out of 5



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