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

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 →


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

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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 →


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

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Photo by Ebru Yidiz |

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 →


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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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 →


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.

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


Members of Clockcleaner, Paint It Black and Purling Hiss join forces in the rumbling new Dark Blue

Dark Blue | Photo by Ben Stas
Dark Blue | Photo by Ben Stas

A trio of Philly punk scene vets has joined forces in a new band called Dark Blue, blending elements of their various projects into a rumbling whole. Made up of singer-guitarist John Sharkey III (of Clockcleaner), bassist Andy Nelson (of Paint it Black and Ceremony), and drummer Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Purling Hiss and The Loved Ones), the band released it’s debut single for “Subterranean Man” today via Bandcamp, with a 7″ pressing via Katorga Works soon to follow.

As Nelson pointed out via email, the lineup is the same as Puerto Rico Flowers, Sharkey’s post-Clockcleaner recording project that was fleshed out into a live band in 2009. This group, he says, is meant to be more of a band-band.

Musically, Dark Blue dishes melodic rockers that sound a bit sinister – credit Sharkey’s pensive baritone to that – but it also hints at the nihilistic aggression and acerbic wit of Clockcleaner (consider the b-side, “Skinhead Wedding In Canberra”) as well as the nervy tension heard in Nelson’s Paint It Black. Maybe I’m stretching just a touch here, but it even seems that structural sensibilities Sneeringer honed in his past bands keeps his present bandmates reined in, making this a lively meeting ground between their oi! and proto-punk influences and timeless rock and roll. Recommended if you like The Cramps, The Buzzcocks, Flipper or The Replacements.

The band will make its Philly headlining debut on Tuesday, March 4th at PhilaMOCA; tickets to the all ages show are $5 and available here. Listen to the “Subterranean Man” 7″ below and get a name-your-own-price download at Bandcamp.


Purling Hiss, going out on tour with Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, releasing “new” LP in April

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Our favorite Philly psychedelic/heavy rock power trio Purling Hiss are going out on the road in March, opening for Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks for a handful of dates. On April 22nd, the Hiss will release Dizzy Polizzy on Drag City Records. The 11 song LP, originally conceived as a tour only cassette, will have to hold Hiss fans in check until guitar whiz Mike Polizze and his band record their next album.

Dizzy Polizzy track list
She Don’t Mind 3:18
Icelator 4:10
Digh High 3:36
Sifting Through My Hands 4:15
Millions of Colors 3:48
Don’t Wanna Squeaky Fromme 4:29
Preface 1:42
The Earth Creature 3:21
On the Last Day 1:38
Drag-On 5:38
Headlights 6:38

Below, download/listen to “Lolita,” a track Purling Hiss recorded for Philly’s Shaking Through that was curated by Adam Granduciel of The War On Drugs.