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You Can't Nail Down Purling Hiss

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 25, 2014 8:00PM

Purling Hiss tears up its influences, purees them and then slowly churns them in an aural cement mixer to pour out brand new sounding slabs of magically shifting rock.

We are not lying when we say that when we put in their album Water On Mars for the first time, we had to double-check it wasn't a compilation of unreleased demos from more famous bands. That's because opening song "Lolita" could easily be an outtake from an early Nirvana recording session, followed by the killer Meat Puppet-funneling "Mercury Retrograde" followed by the "is that punk era Lemonheads?!" of "Rat Race." By the deadpan ballad of "Dead Again" it became apparent that hell no, this was all the same band and while these influences were easy to recognize Purling Hiss was making music just as good as their obvious idols. They also refuse to be pinned down to one straightforward style or genre, veering from here to there with the only common denominator being their love of loud rock and good music.

Purling Hiss plays Hideout this week, so take in a taste of what they have to offer below and then we'll see you at the show?

Purling Hiss plays Thursday, March 27, at Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 9 p.m., $8, 21+