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March 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Purling Hiss’ psych-punk, Neighbors’ indie rock at The Sunset | Concert preview

Purling Hiss

The Philadelphia band Purling Hiss plays The Sunset in Ballard Wednesday. Photo by Tiffany Yoon.

Philadelphia singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike Polizze — alias Purling Hiss, playing The Sunset Tavern Wednesday — is among the American underground’s more prolific home recordists, having released new albums annually for the past five years.

Compared to early work like 2009’s eponymous debut and 2011’s two-song, 40-minute “Paisley Montage” — messy four-track transmissions from the acid-damaged mind — 2013’s full-band, classic rock and punk-influenced “Water on Mars” establishes a stronger pulse, while retaining enough grime to keep the noise crowd satisfied.

Recent signees to Chicago’s Drag City label, Polizze and Purling Hiss pick up where 1990s acts like Royal Trux and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion left off, rivaling those bands’ street-smart shredding note for blown-out note.

Fronted by former Philly denizen José Díaz Rohena, Seattle-based openers Neighbors have also evolved since forming around 2009, rising from lo-fi obscurity into something more immediate.

The quartet’s forthcoming “Will You Please Be Quiet, Please?” is taut, talkative rock’n’roll sure to speak to fans of Brooklyn’s like-minded Parquet Courts, or local hopefuls Chastity Belt, Dude York and Posse — all three of whose recent LPs Díaz Rohena engineered.

Purling Hiss, Neighbors, Scarves, Brain Drain
9 p.m. Wednesday at The Sunset Tavern, 5433 Ballard Ave. NW, Seattle; $6 (206-784-4880 or sunsettavern.com)

Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Philadelphia, Post-punk, psychedelic


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