and you find yourself sat on a pick-nick bench outside a student union in Wycombe, hugging cigarettes with three northern tykes and a fellow Dorset bumpkin.
I initially became aware of the lads around me maybe a year or two prior to tonight, this being our second shared meeting since I first heard a demo carrying the title ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’. One thing that was evident then (still now) was that their music was big fun - it’s riff worship, balls to the wall duurty rock, and unashamedly so. What more could an adolescent male want? Guitarist James Brown is an icon in the making, throwing himself around the stage with a blatant disregard to health and safety. Rebel. He uses 5 strings, once assuring me ‘no one needs 2 E’s’. Vocalist Tom Hudson possesses a vocal girth nothing short of brutal, regularly throwing up post set from the strain he puts on his cords. He can often be seen spitting on audiences from great heights during an exercise in what he refers to as ‘target practice’. Lee Vincent is a relentless driving force behind the kit, an essential ingredient in a decent live band, beating the skins much as he would a lover. Pulled Apart By Horses also have a bass player. His name is Robert Lee, and I definitely would.
But you know all this, right? In fact, it’s quite leveling to think that a band yet to release a full album have been warmed to in such a fashion, both across our isles and Europe. It becomes more absurd when you remember the band have released two sold out 7” singles, a sold out ep, have performed on sizable stages at the Reading and Leeds festivals, and have just come back from supporting Biffy Clyro across the UK and Ireland. Who do they think they are?
It’s just after this stretch with Biffy, playing to thousands each night, that we find ourselves together in Wycombe…
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