|PULLED APART BY HORSES to release new album in March|
|Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:37|
PULLED APART BY HORSES will release their new album, ‘The Haze’, on 17 March via Caroline International.
Having recently shared their first new music since 2014’s ‘Blood’ in first single 'The Big What If', the band are now streaming the opening, title track HERE.
“We had to have ‘The Haze’ as the album opener - it gets down to business pretty quick!” vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson revealed.
“One of my favourite sections on the album is the Kraut-rock-vibe middle eight in this track. We wrote and demoed it in our 'middle of no-where' Welsh writing session, the weird atmospheric sounds at the start of it were recorded outside the lodge we were in. There were these giant whirring fans and birds tweeting everywhere. The bell that opens the album was this little brass doorbell that was hanging up in the porch too.”
Bassist Robert Lee extrapolated: “With the third album [2014’s ‘Blood’], we were making a conscious effort to think about everything and really analyse what makes good songs work.
“This time around we wanted to get back to the spontaneity of the first record, to just hang out and have fun and see what happened, so we wanted to take ourselves away from our usual practise room, find a new space, both literally and metaphorically, and just immerse ourselves in music for fun once again.”
“Basically,” added Hudson, “we wanted to go with our guts and fuck everyone else.”
To facilitate this, at the beginning of 2016 the band completed by guitarist James Brown and new drummer Tommy Davidson, an old friend recruited from Leeds noise rockers These Monsters - decamped from their lock-up rehearsal facility in their native Leeds to a tiny, remote cottage on a dairy farm in the Welsh countryside for ten days.
“When we first got to the cottage we thought ‘There’s nothing to do here!’” said Brown.
“But that was precisely the point. There was no internet, no emails, no-one checking how we were getting on. We were writing for no-one but ourselves. We became like a little family - cooking for one another, building fires, holding late-night karaoke competitions – and completely immersed ourselves in the music.”
“One of the biggest influences in writing this new album was the new line up,” Lee revealed.
“We've known Tommy for many years, and he’s created a whole new level of creative spirit within the band.”
“Tommy has a different style of drumming – he’s a bit more hard-hitting, like a Dave Grohl/John Bonham type – and so that changed the dynamics,” adds Hudson. “He probably felt like he had something to prove, and in terms of creativity and pushing ourselves, his presence really made everyone step up.”
‘The Haze’ was recorded by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/MIA/Drenge) at his McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield.
“When we were making our previous album, 'Blood', we were referencing a lot of Ross’s work, so it made sense to go straight to the source, and it was great to see him investing so much in the process” Lee explained.
“Ross essentially became a fifth member of the band for a month,” added James Brown.
Pre-order ‘The Haze’ HERE.
Catch Pulled Apart By Horses on the following dates:
Monday 27 March - Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Tuesday 28 March - London, Scala
Wednesday 29 March - Bristol, Thekla
Thursday 30 March - Southampton, Talking Heads
Saturday 1 April - Derby, 2Q Festival
Sunday 2 April - Birmingham, Mama Roux’s
Monday 3 April - Norwich, Waterfront Studio
Wednesday 5 April - Glasgow, King Tuts
Thursday 6 April - Manchester, Sound Control
Friday 7 April - Newcastle, Think Tank
Saturday 8 April - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club