Quickfire Questions #26: Drummer Lee Vincent of Pulled Apart by Horses

By on Wednesday, 15th February 2012 at 12:00 pm

Pulled Apart by Horses is in the middle of a UK tour but we were lucky enough to have their drummer Lee Vincent answer our Quickfire Questions. Wasn’t he nice?

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Probably ‘The Race’ from Cozy Powell’s solo album ‘Tilt’. At the beginning there’s a sample from the start of a car race and then it kicks into this crazy instrumental piece of music. My dad used to play it to me for hours on end, because every time it finished, I’d just shout “AGAIN!”

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
I think ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice. When that came out I honestly thought it was the best thing I’d ever heard. It was the first 7″ I bought too. I sat and listened to it until I’d transcribed all the lyrics and I still remember most of them to this day if I’m the right amount drunk. (Editor’s note: embarrassingly, I know all the lyrics too.)

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘Gertcha’ or ‘Rabbit’ by Chas and Dave never fails to bring a smile to my face. Absolutely ridiculous songs. They keep me in touch with my southern roots haha.

4. What song makes you cry?
No song has ever made me cry! The song ‘H’ by Tool really gets me choked up for some reason though, and anything from ‘Veckatimest’ by Grizzly Bear because it reminds me of my daughter being born.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Damn, that was a long time ago! ‘Six Underground’ I think its called, by The Sneaker Pimps. That totally reminds me of my first proper girlfriend.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I never really listen to music when I’m angry, I just listen to music by angry people. I’d recommend something like ‘Dog’s Holy Life’ by Eyehategod as an ultimate pissed-off song (although anything by that band will do!)

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
There’s a lot of those. Probably ‘Obstacle 1’ by Interpol. If you listen to any individual part in that song it’s perfect. Drums, bass, guitar, vocals, all individually stunning, put together to make a stunning song.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
At the moment It’s Cormac McCarthy. He’s best known for writing The Road and No Country For Old Men. He writes these timeless, bleak, harrowing novels. One of my favourite things in storytelling is to get rid of happy endings and, for the most part, he’s quite the believer in that ethos.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d be a journalist. Besides music, English is the only thing I have any kind of a grasp of. I got a job as a Music Editor for a new magazine in Newcastle around the time the band started. I had to convince the others that I would still come back to Leeds to practise, I’m glad they believed me!

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count!)
Well, I’m going to hell and I’m taking ‘Zuma’ by Neil Young and Crazy Horse with me (ask me tomorrow and it would be a different answer).

Pulled Apart by Horses’ current tour stops in Newcastle tonight. For more details of the tour and to watch the video for ‘V.E.N.O.M’, head here.

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