New Video from Purling Hiss

If you haven’t spent some time with High Bias, the latest from Purling Hiss, then there’s your first mistake. But, you’ve got time to correct that mistake by listening to the song below and falling head over heels for the group. This song’s already won me over with it’s 90s college rock feel, working that territory between catchy and cool. I think one of the best things about the album, and this track, which is on display here, is the lighthearted vibes spun around pop sensibility. You’ll see the band here just goofing, so it’s both charming and delivering the band’s musical message. Grab the album from Drag City.

Brand New Purling Hiss

purlingSome brands of music grow weary, especially the psychedelic blend of garage rock. That being said, there are remnants of that in this new Purling Hiss tune, though it’s spun in an entirely different manner, making it supremely refreshing. Guitars are heavy and crashing, but the vocal melody seems to look directly towards 90s Brit pop (particularly the brand Oasis made popular). It just goes to show that you’re still allowed to jam loud, but you can also do it with a little touch of pop sensibility. This song will appear on the band’s new album, High Bias, which is being released by Drag City on October 14th.

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Stream Purling Hiss’ New EP

12523905_1071124466266040_3358321871532390169_nA small dose of garage rock a day keeps the doctor away…at least that’s what I’ve been told by medical professionals around the world. Today’s daily dose of garage greatness comes in the delightful form of ATH favorite’s Purling Hiss. The band’s just released a new EP, Something, which you can stream below and also buy over at their bandcamp for a steal of 4$. Once you press play on the EP, you’ll be greeted by a plethora of fuzz and lo-fi goodness. Of course, there’s also those guitars that pack a bit of jangle, and the presence of tambourine to top it all off. Take a listen.

Top 50 Albums of 2014

TOP 50 ALB 14These lists are everywhere, so you’ll be excused if you just roll your eyes and skip on. But, that being said, we always seem to be way off the mark when it comes to our Top 50 Albums of the Year.  Sure, we have some of the sure fire hits on this list like Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, but don’t even read on if you’re look ing to see where Run the Jewels made it…they’re not there. Sorry not sorry.  So, if you’re into arbitrary lists by people who like to push their own agenda, then this list is for you! Read more

Purling Hiss – Weirdon

homepage_large.635a11a9Rating: ★★★★☆

It seems like the genre of weirdo rock and roll is one that’s up-and-coming and is perhaps the trend of the present and the near future. Whether it be twisted in different angles with subgenres like psychedelic, garage rock, or lighter jangly pop, it is all the rage lately to be slightly off kilter and less straight edged. Purling Hiss have been doing this for years, but just how weird is Weirdon?

Turns out its not so freaky and more-so just plain good, albeit those things aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive. “Forcefield of Solitude” kicks the album off with the squall of some feedback before Purling Hiss lays down some psychedelically gritty guitars and far-away percussion to combine for this almost anthem-esque opening to the song as well as the record. Soon the vocals join the mix and offer some more grit, as Mike Polizze provides his hollow and yet somehow simultaneously engaging pipes. Though immediately striking, the track becomes absolutely swoon-worthy whenever it gets to the chorus, and you just want to sing along with the group…but wait, what’s that you hear? Handclaps? What’s better than handclaps? Nothing.

The first few tracks are a little deceptive, as Weirdon is not all straightedge garage rock either; oddly enough the more eclectic numbers in my opinion are the mellower tunes like “Reptili-A-Genda” and “Running Through My Dreams.” On both of these numbers, the emptier nature of the tracks allow for the guitar parts to stand out as extra twangy and almost sour sounding. “Running Through My Dreams,” makes this work very well for itself, and Polizze steps it down on his vocals, almost whispering you the words in the delicacy of the song. It’s a beautiful number that provides a large contrast between the more jarring and heavier numbers that surround it—solid track placement.

Though airing on the side of a little more straightforward garage rock than weird for the most part, Weirdon is clearly an album with a range; there’s jangle, fuzzy vocals, great cutting guitar licks and a balance and delicate imbalance of all those things. There’s a lot to love here, so get to listening.


Another Track from Purling Hiss

pearlsPress. Play. Screech. Off into the wandering guitar solo that opens the song, met by another progression underneath it that slowly unwraps the song’s melody.  Enter vocals.  They’re laying somewhere in between the realms of T. Moore and J. Mascis, though that’s owed more to their delivery; they do have their own little touch that’s noticeable before the song’s return to instrumentation.  Listening back to a song like this, I wonder why there’s not a larger buzz for Purling Hiss.  Their album Weirdon will be released on September 23rd, and I’ll be one of those picking it up that very day.

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I Love This New Tune from Purling Hiss

PurlingHiss_byAaronBiscoe smallTuesday’s are full of tons of tunes on the webs.  People are trying to get you to buy the latest (and I did!), but as a blogger type dude, you get lots of emails too.  I waded through some stuff, then I got stuck.  I got stuck on this ridiculously rad tune from Purling Hiss.  It’s nearly five minutes of great alternative guitar riffs that are meant to be turned up loud as you work to blow out your factory speaker system.  But, what I really like, is the lackadaisical tone of the vocals; it’s almost like a slacker jam, though you can tell there’s been more work put into it (it’s five minutes long!).  The new record from the band will be out on September 23rd via Drag City; it’s called Weirdon.

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Show Pics: War on Drugs @ Emo’s

We get closer to the inevitable demise of the original Emo’s. I get closer to getting through all the photos from shows this month.

This installment features War on Drugs, with Carter Tanton and Purling Hiss opening. I have a few comments and plenty of gloriously bathed in red and yellow shots to burn into your memory. Loud show, good way to end the run I was on…

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Show Preview: War on Drugs @ Emos (10/18)

Date Tuesday, October 18th
Location Emos
Doors 900p
Tickets $10 from Ticket Web

As our time runs out on Emos Red River, we’ve got to take advantage of the great shows still left at the venue; Tuesday night’s set definitely fits the bill.  Philadelphia’s War on Drugs returns to Austin to promote the release of another solid album, Slave Ambient.  Last time they played in town, I had a great time, as their live sound provides a slightly different twist than the recorded material.  The opening acts aren’t anything to ignore either, with Purling Hiss set to follow Carter Tanton, who will be releasing his new record on local label Western Vinyl.  Seems like this is the place to be, so we’ll see you there.


Download: War on Drugs – Come To The City [MP3]