It was a freezing night in Digbeth, but that was about to change as Yorkshire boys Pulled Apart By Horses were in town.
Opening with ‘I Punched a Lion in the Throat’, the second city favourites well and truly kicked off their night in Birmingham in style, playing a flawless rendition to the busy HMV Institute Library.
After a few songs, ‘Horses frontman Tom Hudson claimed this was “the best show they’ve ever played in Birmingham already” and praised the atmosphere of those down the front of the crowd. Even though a lot of material from new album ‘Tough Love’ including ‘Wolf Hand’, ‘Epic Myth’ and ‘Night of the Living (I’m Scared of People)’ was showcased, it didn’t stop the relentless audience from moshing and crowdsurfing (including me) to their heart’s content as the new tracks all went down incredibly well.
One of the most raucous reactions of the night came for lead ‘Tough Love’ single ‘V.E.N.O.M.’ as the entire crowd opened up and I got punched in the face several times. Tom later went on to reveal he’s infact a Brummie which jeered the crowd up even more and produced an incredible atmosphere. Older material like ‘High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive’, ‘Get Off My Ghost Train’ and ‘Back To The Fuck Yeah’ went down especially well with ardent fans from 2010 as every lyric was screamed back towards the stage.
Returning for an encore, the Leeds quartet burst into Nirvana’s ‘Tourettes’ in tribute to Kurt Cobain who would have, coincidentally, been 45 tonight.
Pulled Apart By Horses have well and truly stamped their mark on a city which has a lot of appreciation for them. At least this show wasn’t as hot as The Flapper…
Photos by Andy Watson – drw-images.co.uk.