The Cellar Southampton, 22/02/12
Written for Middle Boop Mag
It was finally the night. Tickets for this show were like golddust, and there was an air of excitement surrounding the venue. Some hadn’t known if this gig would even go ahead when Southampton’s Talking Heads, the original venue, suddenly announced it was permanently shutting its doors. But step in The Cellar. Hundreds of avid fans packed into the top floor of the intimate setting; if ever there was a ‘sardine in a tin’ moment, this was it. But this was perfect for the band, who tell Middle Boop that they enjoy playing to an audience where ‘you can see the white’s of people’s eyes.’
Kicking off with 2011 single, ‘Punched a Lion in the Throat’, the band ignited the crowd. They looked energetic and keen, matching the atmosphere in the room. Straight into ‘Wolf Hand’ and it only added fuel to the fire. Tom roaring the line ‘when I was a kid, I was a dick’ with a real passion and raw aggression.
This was the 8th date of a brutal European tour, darting all over the country and playing sold-out shows most nights. For many bands, this would be a grueling prospect, but for Pulled Apart by Horses, it seemed easy.
‘This one’s a new one’…Tom announced, and with that the menacing bass of ‘Shake off the Curse’ erupted around the venue. A piercing vocal delivery of a lyrical hook and screeching guitars, you could imagine this being sung to larger audiences over the summer. Straight into the pleasing recent single ‘V.E.N.O.M’, the consistently animated James Brown, flaunted himself round stage.
This, by all accounts, was rock ‘n’ roll; the band, now semi- dressed, throwing themselves around to a sea of flailing audience limbs. The atmosphere in The Cellar was electric.
To faint cries of an encore, the band came back on to tell of their nipple comparisons with supports, The Computers. Words such as ‘chicken nuggets’ and ‘burger nips’ were heard. Those wanting more were not disappointed. The band performed a wild cover of Nirvana’s ‘Tourettes’, before closing with ‘Den Horn’.
Over all, it was a real crowd-pleasing performance with a mix of old and new material for the fans, and they showed no signs of being fatigued, despite James telling me the band had toured over 600 shows altogether. Look out for these boys, the four angriest northerners, at festivals over summer for one amazing live experience.
I Punched A Lion In the Throat
Bromance Ain’t Dead
Shake Off The Curse
Get Off My Ghost Train
E= MC Hammer
Everything Dipped in Gold
High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive
Tourette’s (Nirvana Cover)