9 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2013’s Water on Mars, Purling Hiss’s founder and frontman Mike Polizze expands his scratchy basement recordings into a trio that features bassist Kiel Everett and drummer Mike Sneeringer. This nine-song album also finds Polizze veering from his previous no-fi production values (or lack thereof) for a more accessible lo-fi sound that inevitably got him lumped in with Ty Segall and Kurt Vile. But it also got him on live support slots with those artists, as well as with Wilco and Dinosaur Jr. The opening song here, “Lolita,” makes a grand entrance. It sounds like the bastard son of Bleach-era Nirvana, replete with chainsaw-buzzing guitars and Polizze’s vocals recalling Kurt Cobain (back when his blond hair went past his shoulders). The following “Mercury Retrograde” and the melodic “Rat Race” both have more in common with the '90s-inspired indie rock songs that peppered Purling Hiss's preceding album, Public Service Announcement. “Dead Again” dials down the distortion box for a surfy acoustic number that plays like Polizze was raised on Vaselines vinyl. “Mary Bumble Bee” closes with '60s garage rock tones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With 2013’s Water on Mars, Purling Hiss’s founder and frontman Mike Polizze expands his scratchy basement recordings into a trio that features bassist Kiel Everett and drummer Mike Sneeringer. This nine-song album also finds Polizze veering from his previous no-fi production values (or lack thereof) for a more accessible lo-fi sound that inevitably got him lumped in with Ty Segall and Kurt Vile. But it also got him on live support slots with those artists, as well as with Wilco and Dinosaur Jr. The opening song here, “Lolita,” makes a grand entrance. It sounds like the bastard son of Bleach-era Nirvana, replete with chainsaw-buzzing guitars and Polizze’s vocals recalling Kurt Cobain (back when his blond hair went past his shoulders). The following “Mercury Retrograde” and the melodic “Rat Race” both have more in common with the '90s-inspired indie rock songs that peppered Purling Hiss's preceding album, Public Service Announcement. “Dead Again” dials down the distortion box for a surfy acoustic number that plays like Polizze was raised on Vaselines vinyl. “Mary Bumble Bee” closes with '60s garage rock tones.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Hman-man ,

Amazing band!

These Philly rockers really put together an album for the ages. It's so strong, dynamic, and intense. From power hungry chompers like "Lolita" and "Face Down" to the endlessly listenable "Rat Race" and "Mercury Retrograde". And the title track is a blown out fuzz bomb, letting you know that they'll never forget where they came from, instead are just operating with more control than chaos these days - At least in the studio. Water On Mars should be one of the most talked about albums of the year and the pinnacle of the garage rock revival.

firedemon76 ,

So awesome!

Exactly what I've been hoping to hear from Purling Hiss ever since I first saw them. Guitar heroics, awesome pop songs, great vocals. A must for fans of Dinosaur Jr, Nirvana, etc. Really one of the best live bands going, who have now made one of the best records of the year.

Drippy Eye ,

neat

good rock music is finally making a comeback.

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