By Georgia Corpe
Pulled Apart by Horses are gracing our shores with their presence once again! The Leeds, alternative rockers are coming down under for a string of capital city shows in late October, and we couldn’t be more excited.
Bear Family’s Georgia Corpe had a chat with Robert John Lee (bassist) about the bands origin, tour life and as any natural conversation unfolds…. Dildos.
BF: So for those who aren’t familiar with Pulled Apart By Horses, tell us a bit about the band and how you all met?
PABH: We are a band from Leeds UK. We were introduced to each other in early 2008, by ladies who probably still regret that introduction. However, we have refused to give in and we will continue to annoy people and each other until we all drop dead.
BF: You guys are returning to Australia for a headline show in October, visiting Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, any city/place you are particularly keen to return to?
PABH: Aaah, don’t put me in this position! When I was a kid I had a list of things I had to do. One of them was going to Australia, so to be coming back for the third time is an honour. It’s weird because you’re so far away, but when yo get there it feels like home. My wife’s nan is from the outback near Melbourne, she grew up on a farm strangling chickens, so I better say Melbourne.
BF: You’ve just had an extremely busy past few months playing festival after festival in the UK and Europe and heaps of shows on top of that, what has been the highlight for you guys?
PABH: We played a festival called Godiva in Coventry. It was funded by the council so nobody had to pay to get in. I guess nobody had any expectations, but when we played it kicked off. We got to play to a lot of people who maybe hadn’t heard us before. It’s always good to confuse people.
BF: After being on the road for so long, what’s the best way to pass the time when travelling?
PABH: Massive alcohol consumption. But take it from me, that is dangerous. There is no quick fix, you just have to store it all up and let it all out when you play.
BF: Blood is a hard-hitting rock album and one I really enjoy, can you tell us a bit about the psychedelic cinema inspiration behind the record?
PABH: We’re all big film nerds. We talk more about films than we do about music, I guess it’s like if you have a proper job and you talk about football. Except none of us were ever very good at P.E. I suppose we’re all of that age when films were fucking awesome, Goonies, Gremlins, Nightmare on Elm Street… When you’re growing up it’s like video nasties or offensive rock music. Pure joy! None of us can read music, we don’t have any music training or qualifications, but we like to watch Dario Argento films and try to smash that weirdness into riffs.
BF: Your last visit to Australia saw you guy’s travel around with the Soundwave Festival. What can Aussie punters expect from your live show this time around?
PABH: We loved Soundwave, we had to put up with some bloated, overrated american metal chumps. I won’t say any names, but we had some pretty homophobic bullshit thrown at us just for wearing a pink t-shirt. I never thought I would say this, but Korn were awesome. Watching Eagles of Death Metal every day was ace. We also got to hang out with our friends Biffy Clyro who are a huge inspiration to us. So yeah, more pink T-shirts, we’re also going to bring some Dildos which we might have to hide in some fleshlights. Basically, we just want to put on the best show we can and make you have a fucking great night.
BF: Lastly, please list what Seinfeld characters you are all most likely to be? Mine’s Puddy.
PABH: I’m not a big Seinfeld fan, which is odd because Curb Your Enthusiasm is my favourite series of all time. So I suppose I’d have to say George Steinbrenner, the Yankees owner who is voiced by Larry David.