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:: The Blood Arm :: Pull Tiger Tail ::
29 November 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
By Helen Jones

PULL TIGER TAIL are starting to get a little bit of hype surrounding them and it’s easy to see why. A good looking, good sounding band, with just enough quirkiness to make them loveable, not downright annoying. By my own admission this is the first time I’d seen or heard Pull Tiger Tail and the tunes do just pull you in. It’s feel good indie-pop at its best, stand out tracks ‘It’s All About Destruction’ and ‘Animated’ bring to mind a kind of electro Razorlight-esque sound. The electric drums layered amid yet more drums and guitars give them an abundant, vibrant edge that just make you want to dance. Immediately. Tiger masks are handed out to all of the audience mid-set, which makes for a refreshing and entertaining twist to the proceedings, as a pride of tiger (or is that just lion?) faces dance amicably to the remainder of the set.

THE BLOOD ARM take to the stage with true finesse, a stadium-style drumbeat is accompanied by a voice over intro from a shirtless sweaty man – who it transpires is the drummer and not just The Blood Arm’s personal MC. What follows can only be described as truly wonderful. Lead singer Nathaniel Fregoso owns every inch of the stage, the floor, even the bar at one get the picture. He’s like Har Mar Superstar meets Mick Jagger, swaggering and thrusting around in an utterly likeable manner. At one point he dismounts the stage and insists that we all sit down for the next song, to make it “truly special”. It really is very special. I’ve never voluntarily sat down on the floor of Night and Day (involuntarily when drunk, yes but never of my own free will). Nathaniel stands amid the seated crowd like a messiah to serenade us all with the one slow track of the night, ‘Going to Arizona’, before returning to full party mode on stage to deliver ‘Suspicious Character’ an anthemic funk rock track that oozes the sexual prowess that Nathaniel clearly believes he has in abundance.

The Blood Arm sound like a kind of Scissor Sisters, Elton John (during the rock n roll piano bits) hybrid, but with classic indie guitar sounds and the ability to go a little bit Queen with the addition of some big hand claps. The final song of the night is an old favourite - it’s Nathaniel’s birthday so the room erupts into a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’, a cake is then delivered on stage and I half expect a stripper to jump out, but no it’s just a nice spot of sponge for Nathaniel.

Their debut album is a must-have - The Blood Arm may sound like a borderline novelty band only to be enjoyed live but they ain’t - get ‘Lie Lover Lie’ on your stereo and enjoy the experience of this pop-rock exuberance in your very own home.

The Blood Arm
Pull Tiger Tail

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