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Pulled Apart by Horses Drop New Video – ‘The Haze’

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Leeds’s Pulled Apart By Horses have announced their new album, The Haze, for release on March 17th 2017 via Caroline International.

Having recently shared their first new music since 2014’s Blood LP in ‘The Big What If’, dubbed “an instant mosh-pit maker” by the NME, Pulled Apart By Horses today reveal the new album’s opening and title track.

“We had to have ‘The Haze’ as the album opener – it gets down to business pretty quick!” vocalist and guitarist Tom Hudson reveals. “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.”

“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,” explains bassists Robert Lee. “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,” says vocalist/guitarist Tom Hudson, “we wanted to go with our guts and fuck everyone else.”

Pulled Apart by Horses ‘The Haze’ And Tour Dates

To facilitate this, at the beginning of 2016 the members of Pulled Apart By Horses, Tom Hudson, guitarist James Brown, Robert Lee 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 10 days.

“When we first got to the cottage we thought ‘There’s nothing to do here!’” says James. “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”, Rob reveals. “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 Tom. “He probably felt like he had something to prove, and in terms of creativity and pushing ourselves, his presence really made everyone step up.”

Recorded by Ross Orton (Arctic Monkeys/MIA/Drenge) at his McCall Sound Studio in Sheffield, The Haze is twelve tracks of whip-smart, unpredictable, fierce and sussed hardcore noise-pop. “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” Rob reveals. “Ross essentially became a fifth member of the band for a month,” adds James.

Dissected and diced, one might hear elements of The Jesus Lizard, Devo, Hot Snakes, The Stooges, Krautrock, Surf-Pop, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Captain Beefheart, QOTSA, Fugazi and T-Rex amidst its dozen tracks, but fused by electric studio performances, it’s a compelling snapshot of a rewired, recalibrated and rejuvenated rock band at the peak of their powers.

Pre-order The Haze here – https://pulledapartbyhorses.lnk.to/TheHaze.

Catch Pulled Apart By Horses live at the following dates. All tickets are available here – www.pulledapartbyhorses.com/tour/


27 Oxford, O2 Academy 2

28 London, Scala

29 Bristol, Thekla

30 Southampton, Talking Heads


01 Derby, 2Q Festival

02 Birmingham, Mama Roux’s

03 Norwich, Waterfront Studio

05 Glasgow, King Tuts

06 Manchester, Sound Control

07 Newcastle, Think Tank

08 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club

New Years Day Launch Stunning New Video

The good people at Noise Cartel are spoiling us today.  Hot on the heels of the announcement that Enter Shikari have added London’s Arcane Roots to the bill of their Alexandra Palace headline show later this month we are now sent the news that new Years day have launched a new video.

Without doubt new Years Day were one of my favorite new finds from last years festival season.  I saw new Years Day at Download festival and was totally blown away by the sheer energy and intensity of their live performance.  I also had the pleasure of interviewing the and photographing New Years Day so if you missed it you can catch up here.

New Years Day have certainly caught the energy of their live performance in the newly launched video for the track “I’m About To Break You” from the stunningly excellent Malevolence album.


Vocalist Ash Costello states, “This video was so much fun to make! We are big fans of Mad-Max and have always wanted to make a post-apocolyptic style video so i’m glad we pulled it out for “I’m About to Break You.” The location we filmed at was a few hours away from Los Angeles and they put on a festival every year called ‘Wasteland Weekend’ that is dedicated to the post-apocolyptic lifestyle. We had a blast making props and riding around in those amazing cars. Having fans and friends join us as extras made it icing on the cake.”

NEW YEARS DAY who are currently on the ‘Hate Me’ tour with Escape The Fate & label mates Like A Storm, have released their third full length studio album ‘Malevolence’ in October 2015, which scored them their highest first week sales and Billboard Top 200 at #45. ‘Malevolence’ was produced by Erik Ron (Motionless In White, Issues) and is the band’s first release on Another Century Records.

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Guns ‘N’ Roses Reunion Tour Likely But Is It A Mistake?

Rumors that Guns ‘N’ Roses are set to reunite for a 2016 tour have been gathering pace for months.  I received information that this was going to be the case some months ago but my source insisted that the information had to be confidential and no-one else was reporting on the issue so I didn’t give the claim a huge amount of credence at the time.

There is no doubt in my mind that Guns ‘N’ Roses were one of the biggest bands in the world with over 100 million album sales and they should have dominated rock music for decades.

Sadly this was not to be as front-man Axl Rose turned into one of the worlds prize assholes and problems with drink and drugs and a major fall-out between Rose and Slash lead to the bands demise.

Now E! online claim that the Guns ‘N’ Roses reunion is on the cards after the bands website was redesigned and updated to include the old logo—silver revolvers and red roses from its Appetite for Destruction album cover.

The bands facebook page has also been updated to feature an image of a cheering crowd, perhaps another hint that a reunion tour is on the cards.

According to the Independent a teaser trailer [below] has been played prior to screenings of the new Star Wars movie.

On a personal note I never managed to see Guns ‘N’ Roses whilst they were at the peak of their powers and I would dearly love the opportunity to catch them live.  Axl Rose may be one of the worlds biggest assholes but he is also an incredible performer, one I would love to see.  I was looking forward to seeing Motorhead at next years Download festival but sadly the untimely death of Lemmy Kilmister has put paid to that.

A reformed Guns ‘N’ Roses would be an excellent substitute if Axl Rose isn’t too far up his own ass and is willing to play lower down the bill at Download.


It seems that not everyone agrees though with some claiming a Guns ‘N’ Roses reunion is just about the money and a reunion tour will ruin their legacy.

No-one should expect that Guns ‘N’ Roses will return at their glorious best, that would be unrealistic.

What remains is a group of middle-aged men on a cash grab from the nostalgia demographic. The band members no doubt understand this is a last hurrah financially, and to get that money, every show must be played in full and without the excessive drama that made them legends.

Clutch - Brixton Academy

Clutch – Brixton Academy – 12/12/15

I had something of a late night last night travelling back from Brixton Academy to home in Dorset but it really was worth the trip.

I could not believe the volume of traffic in London at 11pm, it took me 45 minutes to travel eight miles as a result of traffic lights and the volume of traffic.  Thankfully I don’t live in a large city.

Anyway, Brixton Academy is a real old school rock venue and we were treated to an incredible evening entertainment by Swedish bands Greenleaf and Bombus.  Of course the main course was the fantastic Clutch who treated us to a set full of passion and energy.  High-voltage rock and roll indeed.

The only downside of Brixton Academy was that the lighting was absolutely dreadful for the support bands.  is it really too much to ask for a little bit of front lighting?  The lighting was excellent for Clutch so there is no reason that we couldn’t have had the same for the support.  Anyway, some photos for you to enjoy.

The defiled tour UK in January

The Defiled Touring UK In January

Over a year since their last headline UK tour, THE DEFILED have announced a run of headline shows in January and February 2016 following a short run of dates as main support to In This Moment.

The AvD comments, “When we announced we would be special guests to In This Moment a load of you got in touch asking for headline shows – well we’ve managed to work a few out! We’ll be playing some songs we’ve never played live before, a couple of cheeky covers and at least one new song for you guys!”

2016 will also be a record breaking year for the band when the four piece are officially added to the Guinness Book Of World Records.  Braving arctic conditions, THE DEFILED became the first band to play a gig on an iceberg last year as part of Jagermeister’s Ice Cold Gig series.  The stunt will be immortalised forever in the 2016 Guinness Book Of World Records.

Check this out:

Tickets for the tour are on sale now www.thedefiled.net

Catch THE DEFILED at the following shows.
** Headline with support from FOREVER NEVER and VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE

21 Jan – London, The Forum*
22 Jan – Birmingham, The Institute*
23 Jan – Glasgow, Barrowlands*
24 Jan – Manchester, The Ritz*
26 Jan – Milton Keynes, Craufurd Arms**
27 Jan – Oxford, The Bullingdon**
28 Jan – Norwich, Waterfont Studio**
29 Jan – York, The Duchess**
30 Jan – Sheffield, Corporation**
31 Jan  – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms**
02 Feb – Newcastle, Think Tank**
03 Feb – Chester, Live Rooms**
04 Feb – Swansea, The Scene**

Scott Weiland Stone Temple Pilots

Stone Temple Pilots: Scott Weiland ‘You were Gifted Beyond Words’

Yesterday it was revealed that Former Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland had died aged just 48.

Weiland was in and out of Stone Temple Pilots through the years as he battled against his heroin addiction.

NME report that Weiland was found dead on his tour-bus and that local police were investigating the circumstances surrounding Weiland’s death.

News of Weiland’s death was announced on his Facebook page in a post that read:

“Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”

According to Rolling Stone Weiland’s former Stone Temple Pilots band-mates have released a touching and heartfelt “open letter” to Weiland.

Stone Temple Pilots’ Open Letter to Scott Weiland
Dear Scott,
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us. 
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us. 
We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again. 
It’s what made you who you were.
You were gifted beyond words, Scott.
Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go. 
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean

Stone Temple Pilots have been around since the late 1980’s  and were widely tipped as one of rock music’s hottest prospects.  Arguably Weiland’s addiction issues stopped Stone Temple Pilots reaching the height of their potential.

Weiland will be missed by many not just his former band-mates in Stone Temple Pilots.



Knights Reveal Video For New Single

North London four piece Knights have revealed the video for brand new single ‘Borderline’.

Though relatively ‘new’ to the scene, Knights have been performing their passionately crafted brand of pop/rock in London since 2013 with bands such as EofE  and have not only perfected their live set of soaring anthemic chorus’s and catchy guitar riffs down to a tee, but have also worked hard at creating a strong a loyal fan base a long the way.  With festivals such as The Great Escape and Field Day and venues including The Old Blue Last, The Barfly and Hoxton Bar and Grill as regular haunts for the guys, it won’t be long before we see Knights taking to much larger stages.

‘Borderline’ is the follow up to their successful first release ‘Sidonie’.  It was produced by well known producer John Mitchell (You Me At Six, Enter Shikari) and the video was directed by US talent Patrick Mason.

Borderline was written by frontman Digs Perrin and is a reference to crossing the line of acceptable behaviour, and that which can be forgiven.  People fighting in relationships, making compromises followed by inevitable apologies.

An EP release is pencilled for next year and there will be more live dates to come so watch this space.

Website:  www.knightsarehere.com
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Twitter: @knightsarehere
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/knightsarehere

75 Essential Albums – Day #9 Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous

Here goes with day 9 of my countdown of 75 Albums that in my opinion should have a place in everyones music collection.  They are not in any particular order though the top 10 will be my personal take on the top 10 albums ever released.  You might be surprised at some of my picks and some of my omissions.  Feel free to chime in with your comments and let me know if you love (or hate my choices).

Released in 1978 hot on the heels of the hugely successful Bad Reputation Album ‘Live and Dangerous’ showcases all that was great about Thin Lizzy at the height of their powers.  There has always been some controversy about how much of the album was actually recorded live but frankly I don’t give a stuff about this.  Whilst there is a considerable amount of studio overdubbing the album feels live and it contains 17 of Thin Lizzy’s greatest songs.  There is not a single weak track in the line up and Phil Lynott is at his brilliant best.  Even if there was some tweaking in the studio, the album is powerful and energetic.  The duelling lead guitar parts from Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson and Lynotts thumping bass lines combine to sweep you along in a torrent of emotional high octane rock music.

It is the song selection and sequencing that combine to make Live and Dangerous one of the best ‘Live’ albums ever released.  The album cover with Lynott wielding his bass fist pumping lit by spotlights is one of the most instantly recognisable album covers ever.

Opening with ‘Jailbreak’ the album builds through ‘Emerald’ and ‘Southbound’ before hitting the first of many peaks with a fantastic Rosalie/Cowgirl song.  Lyons vocal on this track is simply breathtaking.  His voice and phrasing dazzling, his gruff throaty growl softened by tender and sensitive delivery.  The next peak is of Mount Everest proportions with a trio of songs that lead side three of the Double Vinyl release.  ‘The Cowboy song’, ‘The boys are back in town’ and ‘Don’t believe a word’ are as fine a run of songs as you are ever likely to hear.

In summary this timeless classic ‘live album is an absolute must have for any fan of rock music.  It is so good that in 2011 NME rated it as the best live album of all time.  It is hard to disagree.  If you don’t own this one you should hang your head in shame.

Over the years I have seen many hundreds of live bands including most of the ‘greats’ I will always regret never having the chance to see Thin Lizzy live.