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Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze talks about the band’s career-culminating new album High Bias

Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh
Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

The whir and steady crackle of coffee grinders hard at work fill Higher Grounds, a small trendy coffee shop in Northern Liberties. It is the kind of place that revels in its unique blend of styles. The flea market seating, the posters and paintings and art pieces whose only discernible style is a difficult to define panache. It has a confidence and intentionality that resists coming off as anything but genuine and patiently accumulated through years of collection. Sitting across from me towards the back of the shop is Mike Polizze, front man and songwriter for Purling Hiss, whose aesthetic, and brand new album High Bias due out October 14, feel equally as earned. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss sees the future on “3000 AD”

Purling HIss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist
Purling HIss | photo by Kathryn Lipman | courtesy of the artist

 

Philly locals Purling Hiss continues their winning streak with “3000 AD”, the second single off their forthcoming LP, High Bias. Much like with the previously released “Fever”, the band forgoes some of the sunnier explorations of 2014’s Weirdon in favor of pure, unadulterated viscera.

The band has always sounded heavy enough to warrant its own orbit, but this time around, they’ve upped the ante on the low end. Kiel Evertt’s bass throbs and Ben Leaphart’s drums boom like they never have before, punctuating Mike Polizze’s scorching guitar as it casts the track into a thick cloud of toxic smoke. Continue reading →

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Where You Been: New Dinosaur Jr, Helado Negro & Nots on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist
Dinosaur Jr | Photo by Levi Walton, courtesy of the artist

It’s Friday (again) and that means it’s time (again) for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN (again)! On tonight’s full two-hour show (starting shortly after Making Time RADio with Dave P), we’ll get to so many new tracks that you won’t know what to do with yourself. Anchoring this week’s IRHP is a spotlight on Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, the newest album from Dinosaur Jr. The Amherst trio’s original lineup famously reformed a decade ago, and this new album is the fourth to come from this fruitful reunion. Also in the mix are new tracks from Memphis lo-fi punks Nots, Florida’s premier Ecuadorian-American electro wizard Helado Negro, Philly’s own noisemakers Purling Hiss and more! Preview out those new tunes below….

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Listen to “Fever,” the opening rager on Purling Hiss’ new studio album High Bias

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

One thing we can always be sure of when it comes to Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss – he will follow his muse wherever it leads him, whether that be experimental deep dives or four-tracked fuzz-rock, left-of center indie rock or full-bore studio ragers.

By the sound of their latest single, it seems the band is back in rager territory – a welcome return to the land of 2013’s Water on Mars. On “Fever,” riffs, drums and howls join together in a polished and pristine garage rock soundscape. Continue reading →

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Watch Kurt Vile cover Spacemen 3 with Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze at KFN

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You gotta hand it to Philly’s Kurt Vile: he looks out for his friends. On tour in support of his breakout album Childish Prodigy, Vile took fellow Philadelphians Birds of Maya on tour – almost seven years later, Vile is still tight with Birds’ axe-slinger Mike Polizze, and is bringing him out on the road this spring in support of b’lieve i’m goin down… with the solo incarnation of his current project Purling Hiss. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss announced a surprise release show at KFN this Friday

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Purling Hiss | photo by John Vettese

Mike Polizze has been playing a few solo Purling Hiss shows up and down the east coast recently, and he just announced another at Kung Fu Necktie for this Friday, March 25th. The late-night set is in support of a new collection of self-recorded fuzz-rock jammers on his Something EP, which came out in mid-February via Famous Class Records. Pick up tickets for the 21+ with Spacin’ Chillinger (aka Spacin’s Jason Killinger) and Kiel Everett here, and check out “My My My” along with a cool show flyer below. Polizze will head out on tour with Kurt Vile this spring.

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Purling Hiss don’t mind on new “My, My, My” from “Something” EP

Purling Hiss | photo courtesy of the artist
Purling Hiss | photo courtesy of the artist

Fuzz rock prophets Purling Hiss have shared a new track from their upcoming Something EP, “My, My, My.”

The Philly band, usually known for their lo-fi brand of messy garage rock similar to Ty Segall, have spun their sound in the direction of 60’s bands such as The Byrds or The Hollies while still retaining their own style. The song also shows similarities to 90’s indie rock bands such as Yo La Tengo as well with its wild and crunchy yet catchy guitar riffs. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Arden Gild Hall, Yo La Tengo at The Trocadero, Manchester Orchestra at Temple Performing Arts Center and more…

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Purling Hiss head down to Delaware’s Arden Gild Hall tonight with Thunderhawk and St James & The Apostles. The local rockers released Weirdon earlier this year, their second effort for Drag City.  Hiss frontman Mike Polizze spoke with The Key last week in the inaugural “Gearadelphia” feature, discussing his live gear set-up, his ambitious dream studio and the times when things go wrong on stage.  Read the full interview here and pick up tickets for tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Gear Stories: Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss

Purling Hiss | Photo by John Vettese
Purling Hiss | Photo by John Vettese

The means of production guiding our favorite songs and records are, to a great many, shrouded in mystery and reverential confusion. How do guitars make screaming noises? Do snare drums of different sizes pop at different pitches? What, exactly, is an EQ?

Gear Stories seeks to bridge those gaps by offering insight into what our favorite local artists are playing, what those pieces of equipment mean (or don’t), and highlight the unique means by which Philly musicians and gearmakers are constantly pushing the aural envelope. From Gamble & Huff to Questlove, Philly artists have led the way in sonic innovations and left their imprint on generations of music around the world.

For our inaugural installment, we spoke to Purling Hiss frontman and guitarist Mike Polizze last week while he and the band toured in support of their latest album Weirdon, out now on Drag City records. Among other aspects of his technical evolution, Mike addressed his minimalist set-up and its importance to Purling Hiss’s guitar-centric, hazy sound. Continue reading →