Pulled Apart By Horses - Y-Not 2012 review
'They toy with 'stage headliner' status'
Jamie Barker - 05 August 2012
The British summer is a stubborn mule and today it teased before finally unleashing its fury.
Somehow The Quarry seems to have fallen foul to more precipitation than anywhere also on site despite the canvas covering.
As the hundreds trudge into the tent, they do so through a sea of mud but their spirits aren't dampened. Unfortunately, they wade their way into position only to wait. Pulled Apart By Horses are not on time.
Rules, they don't play by them. Eventually they make their way onstage amidst a cloud of smoke and launch into their set with a blistering run through of 'The Crapsons'. Most people don't know it and the reaction is slightly stunted.
Things don't really hit ultimate power until 'V.E.N.O.M' rears its head a few songs in. This is met with a ballistic crowd reaction and the stewards finally see fit to carry the bales of hay from backstage to avoid any further slippage embarrassment.
It may have come with maturity or it may be a bi-product of mainstream media attention but Pulled Apart By Horses have lost some of their fury. 'Yeah Buddy' spooks its way around the tent when it would have previously pulverised all comers.
They introduce 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat' as a song about animal cruelty but it actually serves as a turning point in the set. They hit their stride and run with it.
They were never expected to be Yorkshire's alternative poster boys but somehow they've drawn that card and tonight Pulled Apart By Horses toy
with 'stage headliner' status.
Moments like 'High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive' cause positive eruptions around the tent but, ultimately it all falls a bit flat.
It'll happen in the future but, tonight, Pulled Apart By Horses don't quite live up to the billing. Still a victory for the smaller band but nothing like it could have been.