With the UK always pushing themselves within the boundaries of indie rock and alternative rock, its getting harder to distinguish some artists from the rest of the crowd. Enter Pulled Apart By Horses who, with the upcoming release of their record ‘The Haze’, are looking to not only separate themselves from the crowd, but release another crowning record in their discography.
Opening up with the title track, the band are showing off their immediate catchy skill with the guitar patterns and vocal harmonies, definitely reeking of the indie vibe right out of the gate. The low tone within the guitars during the chorus-esque sections make for a pleasant listen whilst the bass tone provides such a crush and amazing listen to with the track without overpowering the track. The tracks don’t try and go over the top with the second song on the record ‘The Big What If’ providing you with all of the power chord goodness that you need alongside more bass prominence with the vocal parts sounding much more fruitful, especially during the harmonies. ‘Hotel Motivation’ tends to go for the bounce in its instrumentation with the in and out guitar riff whilst ‘Prince Of Meats’ goes back to basics with the simplistic patterns within its walls. The whole record is shaping up to be one of the best records of the year for many fans of the genre.
As the album progresses further down the tracklist, the band still finds way to bring enjoyment from the genre with songs such as ‘Lamping’ which gives you the feeling of Blur and Oasis from back in the 90’s with the soft guitar approach and vocals working beautifully together. The distortion tone works superbly with the genre, but can be a bit off-putting for first time listeners. Moving further through the record, it somewhat feels a bit more psychedelic with more experimentation done on the guitar with tracks such as ‘Moonbather’ and it even invokes a more old school rock and roll sound when you get closer to the finish line with tracks such as ‘My Evil Twin’ as the band still progress their sound and craft, making the record that much more exciting and feel quite fresh in an oversaturated genre of distorted chord progressions.
This record is a bundle of excitement from the fast paced song patterns that feel right at home in a Transpotting soundtrack to the more relaxed tracks that take you back to 90’s alternative rock, the record takes a peace of everything and makes it sound quite unique and above all, a stand out indie/alternative classic.