Album review: Purling Hiss, “High Bias”

by Jon E. Lynch

Purling Hiss, “High Bias”

Available: Friday, Oct. 14 via Drag City Records as a digital download in both mp3 and FLAC formats, cassette, CD and standard black vinyl LP.

It is hilariously narrow to suggest that “no good music is being made anymore,” yet I still hear and overhear that lament from those that are clearly, flat-out paying no attention. I’ve made the argument for recent great guitar records right here in the pages of DGO, and today I offer up another dish.

Purling Hiss, a Philadelphia-based three-piece consisting of Mike Polizze (guitar/vocals/etc.), Ben Leaphart (drums) and Dan Provenzano (bass), has quietly amassed a six-album discography of nostalgic yet prescient, forward-thinking rock ’n’ roll. This will be the band’s third release for Chicago’s Drag City Records, which has released records from like-minded (sounded?) yet diverse acts such as Royal Trux, Pavement, Monotonix, Ty Segall and The Fucking Champs. The pace on High Bias is set with the anthemic, scorcher, side one/track one opener, aptly titled “Fever,” and the cacophony of discordant, swirling guitars continues on “3000 AD.” There is little let-up, as the record culminates in the 11-plus-minute closer “Everybody In The USA.”

For fans of hard-charging rock ’n’ roll made by the likes of The Stooges, Dinosaur Jr., Japandroids, METZ or Pissed Jeans

— Jon E. Lynch[email protected]

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