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Bassike
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Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Live // PULLED APART BY HORSES in Sydney
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HIYA // PABH

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"When I met the singer outside earlier, I thought he was a lovely guy. Just a nice, regular kinda lad, you know. But then when I saw him get up on stage, it was a completely different story. I was blown. Away." The testament of a good friend of mine, upon witnessing the glory of Pulled Apart By Horses during their first ever Australian gig at the musical landmark of the Annandale Hotel in Sydney. That's the thing about PABH. Whether you actually like their music or not is kinda irrelevant. Because either way, you're going to be swept up in their visceral, rumbunctious and noisy as fuck energy.

 

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Though sweaty, occasionally bloody (and other bodily functions besides that I won't mention here - though Tommy and I did talk about in depth HERE) and very physical, this Leeds based quartet's stage performance isn't about anger or shock value. Well perhaps it is a little bit. But mostly, it's about showmanship and fun and simply tearing up the crowd, the stage and themselves. From busting your eardrums to getting yourself thrashed and trashed to screaming your throat raw; they will do the same and more - it's their way of showing love, in a fashion. Having said that, the crowd at the Annandale in Sydney weren't quite sure what to do with the boys, despite being loudly, sweatily engaged and even bear hugged.

 

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And this does happen to be one of the bones I have to pick with the Sydney music scene. And in many ways I feel certain kinds of gigs are worse in Sydney than those of the same ilk in London. Do you know the ones I'm talking about? Those gigs where the band is young, the crowd is intimate - where you need to be in the know, a fan or a follower of music to be there. It's when fans and supporters should be at their most vocal, most supportive, and most gloriously hedonistic in their revelry. It's the COOLEST TIME in a fan's career. Not when you're in a stadium full of 50,000 other fuckers who are screaming, crying and applauding; because by then, it's 'okay' to be seen loving it sick because everyone else is. And most true music fans, by this stage, will in all probability feel very sad and robbed of their personal patronage anyway.

 

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The kids that had turned up to see PABH thrash it out in Sydney seemed to be too fucking cool to be seen enjoying themselves. What the fuck is up with that? It's the reason I actually enjoy seeing sights like the yobbo whooping it up to Toro Y Moi a couple of weeks earlier. At least he was having fun.

 

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Lead singer Tom in the midst of a crowd invasion

 

When the person getting the most involved and having the most fun is Mick, the 42 year old Nirvana fan who turned up solo to get sweaty to PABH, there's gotta be something a little boo-town in the youth attending. And though I enjoyed Mick's attitude, I can't help but feel sad and not a little concerned about the rest of the crowd. To be fair though, the local bands that were on prior to PABH didn't give the people a great warm-up exactly. Too serious for their own good, the support bands weren't at all about entertainment or showmanship, but instead were a reflection of the crowd - an exercise in too cool and style over substance. Not saying they sucked; but if only they had caught my interest in any way! Almost anything can be forgiven if someone has a vision, or feels like they're inspired. Unfortunately, the support bands didn't. It's a vicious circle of the aloof performing for the indifferent!

 

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I've said it before; that if there's one thing that's bad, it's indifference. But in this situation, what's even WORSE is feigning it. FUCK THAT Y'ALL! If you love it, love it; if you hate it, hate it, but just don't pretend not to care about it - especially when you paid $42 to witness it, whatever it is! Just sayin'.

 

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Okay, rant over. Pulled Apart By Horses, who, after doing gigs all over Australia (if only they had time to meet some koalas, that would have been another notch in my Gratutitous Koala and Celeb collection), are now currently playing SXSW in Austin. Look:


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HIYA Dead Horses // James and Tom

via @PulledHorses

 

In the meantime, catch the video to their newest single, 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat', a cheekily schizophrenic production filmed on what looks like the ol' VHS, complete with cheesy transitions, effects and cheery, snowy static.

 

I Punched A Lion In The Throat by PABH

 

Artist // TOM HUDSON

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Tom Hudson is a truly awesome human bean. And it is he who is our latest artist of the month! In an incredibly generous move, Tommy managed to escape from being locked in a dungeon for the last week or so (literally - you just can't underestimate the T-Hud) writing songs with his band to whip us up our latest website skin.

Thomas Hudson grew up in the West Midlands of the UK and later in life floated onto Leeds to study Visual Communication as well as the art of noisemaking within the burgeoning scene that was emerging from there. I used to spend a lot of time in Leeds and that's where I came across him; whilst he spent time thrashing it out for bands like Mother Vulpine (RIP - formerly fronted by Matt Dinosaur Pile-Up) and PWA.
We got to know each other cramming into gigs, freestyling to blues riffs, drinking endless cups of tea and rolling up endless rollies. Mr Mad Skillz has also been a long time member of amazing Leeds based art collective, Nous Vous. In fact, he has a new blog where he posts various inspirations/drawings/movie clips of peoples heads exploding or melting. It's called Snake Arrows and is inspired by a scene in Conan The Barbarian where the bad dude Thulsa Doom uses a perfectly straight snake as an arrow, firing it from a bow whilst on horseback.

 

Otherwise though, Tommy spends his days as the guitarist/shouter in Pulled Apart By Horses (remember this interview I did with him?) and currently creates artwork/posters/videos and animations in his own sweet time. When he's not on tour or writing music in dungeons that is. We asked him to give us a quick rundown of what he created, and well,I'll just let him explain it, shall I!

 

HIYA // Tommy Hudson!
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HIYA // Pulled Apart By Horses (it's the 'Yeah Buddy' cover by Tom)

 

// SITE DESIGN CONCEPT \\

I tried to keep the design for the IM//UR site as spontaneous as I could. Sometimes my shittest work is the stuff I've thought about too much. A big thing I've been inspired by recently is the whole 'black metal'scene. Whether it's visually, musically, or just a fascination with the 'black metal' attitude and lifestyle; it's kind of sucked me in. I'm not saying I stand by it though, so don't worry about me burning down a church or killing my band mates just yet....

It's probably from watching the awesome documentary 'Until The Light Takes Us' .......or listening to too much Mayhem. So this is my own kinda of take on the whole thing. It took me a while to get the text right as it was too un-readable and almost unusable for a functioning website. Haha!

 

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How and when did you know you were going to be an artist?

 
I don't really know to be honest with you. I've been obsessed with music and drawings for as far as my memory takes me back. I was always that kid at primary school that would take 2 hours to draw the picture for a story and then spend 10 minutes trying to write a bunch of nonsense that would pass for a plot to go alongside it.

Drawing has kind of been there since day one and has always been something I would do to take my mind off everything else around me. I'd whip out my pens and pencils and just fall into a weird scribbly mantra! As well as being obsessed with drawing and anything visually exciting - there's been music. Even when I was 2 years old, I'd constantly try and mimic music I'd hear, especially advert jingles that were on TV. This was before I could even string sentences together properly.

I've also got my family to thank for encouraging me to follow the things I enjoyed rather than beating me with a pole for drawing beasts all over my homework.
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What have been your biggest influences?
 
As with most people, the first art you'll generally come into contact with is the popular stuff. I was hooked on Hockney, Picasso, Basquiat and other outsider art. But on top of that I was always inspired by the unexplained; mysteries of the world and scientific findings. Horror films, sci-fi films. If we're talking music I'd have to say Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix - but you could probably guess that right?

Now there's far too much amazing talent and things that influence me and my work that I fear that if I cram any more into my head, the older things would just tumble out the other side!!
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Who would you love to collaborate with?
 
I would love to collaborate with Ben Jones or any of the other guys involved with the collective Paper Rad! Although I would have a problem trying to out-do their weirdness. It would definitely be a challenge! Another would be the illustrator Ian Stevenson. I'd also love to write a score for a John Carpenter horror film!

 

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Favourite medium?
 
If we're talking spiritual mediums then it's probably Derek Arkorah.

If not it would have to be the basics, a crappy piece of paper / notebook with a couple of sharpies and a pencil. If you keep things basic then you can take it anywhere with you!! Although I'd be absolutely useless in life without my Mac!

 

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