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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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Gearadelphia Presents: 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?


Gearadelphia 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 →

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Purling Hiss share “weird and obscure” playlist with Entertainment Weekly

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Local fuzz rockers Purling Hiss dropped their new record Weirdon last month and celebrated by curating an 8-track playlist for Entertainment Weekly.  Describing the songs as having “a gritty lo fi/VHS aesthetic,” frontman Mike Polizze dipped into some of the bands and musicians he might credit with shaping the Purling Hiss motif.  Weirdon follows the band’s 2013 label debut Water on Mars and was released through Drag City.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Johnny Brenda’s, Orenda Fink at First Unitarian Church Side Chapel, and Shakey Graves at World Cafe Live

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Philly garage rock outfit Purling Hiss will take on Johnny Brenda’s this evening. The band’s distortion-infused sound has made the group a Philly favorite and they have continued to gain a following around the country thanks to relentless touring. Their recent album Weirdon, released by label Drag City in September, has received enthusiastic reviews, with Consequence of Sound saying that it proves frontman Mike Polizze  “to be one of Philadelphia’s best, a tough feat considering the talent bursting out of the city.” For more information on tonight’s show, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Space out in Purling Hiss’s new “Forcefield of Solitude”

Image via Facebook | www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss
Image via Facebook | www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss

Purling Hiss breaks the typical mold of psych punk outfits use of heavy psychedelic influence and fuzzed-out electric guitar solos in their newest song, “Forcefield of Solitude.” The structurally loose guitar riffs are there, the same apathetic tone is delivered, but there’s an energy present you won’t hear on the band’s earlier tunes like “D.U.I” or “City Wide Special.”  Continue reading →

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Song of the Moment: Listen to a new Purling Hiss tune, “Learning Slowly”

Photo by Ebru Yidiz | http://www.ebruyildiz.net/
Photo by Ebru Yidiz | http://www.ebruyildiz.net/

Philly rockers Purling Hiss are releasing their new album, Weirdon (Drag City), on September 23rd. Below, listen to the first new song from the album, “Learning Slowly.” The song sounds like an amped up take on Petty’s “Listen To Her Heart,” and singer/guitarist Mike Polizze’s searing psychedelia sounds as clear as ever. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Spruce Street Harbor, Sarah McLachlan at the Mann, Yikes the Zero at Kung Fu Necktie

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Photo via https://www.facebook.com/PurlingHiss

Philly fuzz rockers Purling Hiss will play a free show tonight at the Spruce Street Harbor as a fundraiser for Vox Populi Gallery.   A re-issue of their 2011 record, Dizzy Polizzy, was recently released and we can expect their new record, Drag City, on September 23rd.  Click here for more info about the pop-up show tonight. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss about to get their weird on

PurlingHiss_WEIRDON_Mini Philly hard rockers Purling Hiss are about to get their weird on. On September 23rd guitarist Mike Polizze and company release their new album, Weirdon, on Drag City Records. The psychedelic punk rockers last album, Water On Mars, was released last year and unleashed a fury of mind blowing guitar playing, power trioism. We’re not expecting anything less from the new release. Below, check out the track listing and a teaser video for the new album.

Purling Hiss and Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band (who also have a new album coming out on October 28th called Intensity Ghost) are playing a free concert and fundraiser for Vox Populi Gallery at Spruce Street Harbor Park, located at Columbus Blvd at Spruce Street on Thursday, July 24th. Go here for more information on the event.

WEIRDON TRACK LISTING
1. Forcefield of Solitude
2. Sundance Saloon Boogie
3. Learning Slowly
4. Another Silvermoon
5. Reptili-a-genda
6. Where’s Sweetboy
7. Aging Faces
8. I Don’t Wanna Be A…
9. Airwaves
10. Running Through My Dreams
11. Six Ways To Sunday