I spent a few hours at Greenmount Studios with Leeds best jumpy screamy band whilst they put the finishing touches on their third album, Blood.
Greenmount is an awesome, awesome place. I'd never heard of it before, but having done my research before the shoot, I soon found out how awesome it was. "How Awesome?" Mega awesome. The studio was set up by three guys from other awesome Leeds bands - Jamie (Mi Mye), Lee (Middleman) and Rob (The Spills) - and houses some obscenely cool and quirky analogue recording gear, without being pretentious and boutique-y. It feels homely, almost humble, and looking around the walls of the place it became clear Pulled Apart By Horses were in good hands - The Cribs, iForwardRussia!, The Vaccines and Post War Glamour Girls are just a few recognisable names on their expansive client list. A lot of bands are craving that raw tapey goodness, and at Greenmount it would appear the guys have got it just right.
I met with Jamie and Lee at the studio in advance of the band arriving to do some exploring. As it happens the place wasn't too big, so exploring was promptly superseded by coffee and chats. I gotta say, too, the coffee! I dunno where those guys their beans, but DAYUM! Don't get me wrong, this is in no way a poor reflection on the conversation (which was very intriguing and insightful) just the coffee was that good.
One by one the guys arrived, and various topics of conversations flowed - recording, writing, touring, playing Leeds Arena, the sad passing of The Fly (I first met the guys a few years back when I was assisting on a cover shoot for that mag. RIP.) and how unbe-f*cking-lievably good the coffee was. We set up a few basic shoots in the studio. Firstly in the recording room, where Tom kindly agreed to scream at me for a few shots. We then headed into the control room, before getting some shots around an old tape machine that had been used in production of the album. The shoot was finished off with a quick group portrait in the hall upstairs.
Awesome day, and good to get my first non-gig shoot for the NME done. Great banter, great hangs, and (of course) great coffee.
Thanks too to Lee and Jamie down at Greenmount - super hospitable dudes. PABH are touring again soon, so if you get chance to see them I strongly advise you head down and get your face duly torn off.
You can check out the first single from Blood below - the teeth-bending Hot Squash: