It’s safe to say that since their last album ‘Blood’, Pulled Apart By Horses haven’t had the easiest of times. They’ve toured endlessly all around the world, parted ways with a member and got themselves the addition of a new drummer. Despite all this change and disruption, they’ve managed to write and record a new album in rural Wales.
‘The Haze’ is definitely a record that encapsulates all the disruption and frustration that the band have been through, because it’s their loudest and most raucous effort yet. It’s the sound of a band that have something to prove.
When ‘The Haze’ starts, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were listening to an early demo of The Rolling Stones. The title-track opener has a real 60s feel about it, and vocally there’s a strong hint of Mick Jagger. When it kicks in, that’s where the fun starts. This is real old school rock ‘n’ roll.
As you listen, you can’t help but imagine scenes of a booze soaked dressing room and sleazy antics. This thing grabs you by the balls, and it doesn’t really ease up. The guitars are heavy, the drums are big and the vocals are provocative.
‘Lamping’ is a strong stand out track, showcasing PABH‘s slightly more melodic side. Vocally it’s like a lullaby and it’s rather dreary, but as with the rest of the album musically it’s absolutely on point. It’s easy to see the band with a headline spot at Reading/Leeds Festival in years to come.
The band’s tribulations over the past year and half are definitely on show throughout ‘The Haze’. It’s an album that sets them apart from the rest of their discography, and they feel like a new band. At parts it feels disjointed and messy, and at others it feels slick and polished.
There’ll inevitably be debates among their fanbase as to whether or not they’ve ‘sold out’, but without question this in an album that the band wanted to make, and one that’ll get them closer to securing those bigger tours and festival spots.
Written by Jacob Eynon (@itsjustjake93)