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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…

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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 →

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

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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

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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 →