Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Purling Hiss - Hissteria (2010, Richie Records)
RIYL = Birds of Maya, Comets On Fire, Residual Echoes
This sound (as the cover art expertly suggests) is the color of a dark room lit red and filled with smoke. That along with lots and lots of purple bodies added in, plenty of denim, clanging bottles and the like. The color of clanging. This is what it sounds like when you’re in that picture. With Hissteria and a set of headphones, this is being there, submerged. The sound Purling Hiss is coupled with an inseparable, audio-visual haze. Reminds me a lot of the first Black Mountain record and how they could’ve been if they’d’ve locked their gaze low and marched straight into the feedback rather than into the studio. It’s a bluesy, rock-drunk burner of an album that’s stumbled into a puddle of sub-basement noise drench; a hard rock thowback, spiked and barbed, worshipping the rock gods with pedal upon pedal upon pedal of grungy, sloppy guitar. Hissteria is the second of two albums by Purling Hiss released last year, the second of two fiery holes in the short-sheet record of note-worthy rock, is the work of Birds of Maya guitarist, Mike Polizze. Super psychedelic, super hypnotic, super sleazy, super blown out, super spacey and super duper, to be sure.
Purling Hiss - Down on the Delaware River