Interview: Pulled Apart By Horses
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“We’ve done photo shoots in toilets but never an interview in one,” laughs Pulled Apart By Horses’ heavily tattooed drummer Lee Vincent. A first time for everything it seems and as we stand in this cramped backstage toilet with Lee and bass player Robert Lee, PABH’s energetic frontman Tom Hudson emerges after doing his business in the cubicle opposite. The band play their third and final night of Dot to Dot leg tonight and despite feeling fatigued from playing Bristol and Nottingham the last two nights, the band are in high spirits. “Dot to Dot’s been great. It’s been amazing,” Lee reflects. “We haven’t been playing live loads this year so to do these shows has been incredible. Manchester’s been good.” Has it been weird getting back into the live scene? Tom replies: "After two days, it felt like we’d been on tour for two weeks and it felt like we’d lost our minds. It got weird. We need to get back into it.” Rob adds: “It feels like we’ve been on tour for a month, so we’re like WTF?” Anyone who’s witnessed Pulled Apart By Horses’ live can tell you their shows are nothing short of thrilling, and having seen them myself headlining Live at Leeds a year ago, it’s safe to say that they are currently one of the country’s most exciting live acts. Originating from Leeds, the band is always anxious to play their home town. Rob tells us: “Leeds is always nerve-racking and we’re like, ‘Don’t fuck up.’ Live at Leeds was a really good gig actually.” The band filled up the introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival many years ago and this year sees them upgraded to the festival’s main stage. “Even the introducing stage blew our minds,” Tom remembers. ”Looking back at it now, it’s such a small stage and it’s such a great platform for new bands." DJ Huw Stephen’s counts himself as a fan and part of their growing success is due to increased BBC Radio One airplay. To this day, the band is still pleasantly surprised by such mainstream attention, “It’s still really surprising. We don’t understand how we managed to do it,” a bemused Tom explains. “It’s always funny to hear one of our tracks played after Katy Perry.” Lee adds: “It’s a testament to Radio One too because they’re pushing the boundaries of what’s acceptable. I think we’re definitely the heaviest band on Radio One.” PABH then, are always keen to find out what their critics thing of them. ““We’re always checking reviews. We want to know how people take your music. At the same time, you take everything with a pinch of salt. We like it when we get shit reviews because we find it amusing and we sometimes tweet it out. People ask why and we say that it’s just amusing,” explains Tom.
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