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Pulley: The Long and the Short of It [7-inch]The Long and the Short of It [7-inch] (2011)
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The five members of Pulley each have their own busy schedule, so when they can grab a couple of days to record music together they only pick the best cuts, and it's rarely anything other than solid. It's been seven years since the band's last LP, Matters, and since then we've had the underrated 2009.
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The five members of Pulley each have their own busy schedule, so when they can grab a couple of days to record music together they only pick the best cuts, and it's rarely anything other than solid. It's been seven years since the band's last LP, Matters, and since then we've had the underrated 2009 Time-Insensitive Material EP, and now this, The Long and the Short of It EP.

Pulley are experts at writing melodic skate punk, and you get the impression these songs could have been knocked together a few hours before recording. That's not to say they sound rushed or unfinished; on this EP, Pulley just sound even more lean and confident than before, and The Long and the Short of It simply sounds like five talented veterans jamming away.

"No Man's Flute" opens with a typical Pulley guitar riff, classic in its simplicity. Scott Radinsky's killer vocal tones soon enter and it's not long before the band have launched into one of their big choruses. Cue a solo, then some spoken words which sound like they're coming through a telephone–it's that easy. Pulley haven't deviated at all from the template which has brought them success in the past, and they've stayed with long-time producer Matt Hyde, but Radinsky's delivery makes sure everything still sounds earnest and passionate.

Next up is the EP's title track, which is pretty much more of the same, then things finish up with a cover of "Which Way to Go", originally released by Big Boys in '84. Pulley grab the track by the scruff of the neck, tighten it up, add some crunch and make it sound like something they penned themselves.

The artwork recalls scenes from most of the band's previous album covers, and having been released on vinyl, The Long and the Short of It seems like it was made with the fans in mind. But you can't escape the fact that this EP is only three songs long, and one of those songs is a cover, so rather than satisfy their baying mob of supporters, Pulley have simply reminded everyone that they exist and could write a killer LP if they wanted to. Fortunately, that's exactly what they're doing, aiming for a release early next year.

The members of Pulley don't treat the band as a full-time exploit, so it's easy to forget about them when they aren't being marketed 24/7. This is just a bunch of guys making music for themselves and their fans, and it's great.

 

 
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ak3punk (December 10, 2012)

Flawless Ep. Can't wait for some more material from these guys. One of the most under rated bands in punk rock!!!!

drunkwithpower (July 14, 2011)

"Maybe a decade ago, but these days I doubt they have many fans left." - kinda harsh, don't you think?
Not really, that's just what happens when you don't tour or release anything for seven years

you_are_a_loser (July 13, 2011)

"Maybe a decade ago, but these days I doubt they have many fans left." - kinda harsh, don't you think?

MagnetBox (July 12, 2011)

Sounds like Pulley (that's a good thing).

hayman (July 12, 2011)

Love it. Pulley have never dissapointed me.

Hashbrowns (July 12, 2011)

I really enjoyed time insensitive. I need this.

wallofyouth (July 12, 2011)

i still think jim cherry made the band better. not as much better as he made strung out -- they have basically sucked after his ousting while pulley maintains their appeal to me.

(and i like metal so you can't say it's because strung out got too "hard" for me or some such nonsense, in fact quite the opposite)

insidejoke (July 12, 2011)

time insensitive material is definitely one of my favorite eps, totally picking this up too

Infinityxtreme (July 12, 2011)

Pulley is one of my favorite bands of all time and this EP combined with the last make a great 8 song playlist. When Jim left the band after the self titled album I thought they'd slowly go downhill, but they've just gotten better with time. Now I hope they really do release a full length...

Half_Idiot (July 12, 2011)

I'm in the same boat as Wentz_Equals_Death, almost exactly.

Eatdogs, the cover art was done by Brain Walsby. Just about everything he does is this good, check out some of his stuff - http://brianwalsby.net/BrianWalsby.net/Home.html

wallofyouth (July 12, 2011)

still a fan, still haven't grabbed time-insensitive material. probably want this too.

eatdogs (July 12, 2011)

i really love that cover art work. charlie brown in the corner made me crack up...

fox82 (July 12, 2011)

I should try to find a copy of this, I have fond memories of "60 Cycle Hum".

But "baying mob of supporters"? Maybe a decade ago, but these days I doubt they have many fans left.

eazyd2 (July 12, 2011)

sick

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