Run From This City – Purling Hiss

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Purling Hiss is a group from Philadelphia, who (according to their Myspace) is a recent addition to the Woodsist roster, which in and of itself is an impressive feat. Their sound lies somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and The MC5. As off-putting and overwhelming noisy as that sounds, Purling Hiss takes the two ideas and reconciles them in a super pleasing manner. “Run From This City” is sort of half jam and half drone. The track has a rather abrupt start, which is a full band playing with a guitar riffing on top of it. The rhythm guitar is extremely simple, which enable the other parts to play around. The vocals are brilliantly mixed behind the rhythm guitar, which gives the song a very Stooges(y) feel. The guitar part that opens the song turns out being the chorus and while this sounds odd, it totally works. The drum sound is one of the best that The Islander has heard in a while, and putting it a bit higher up in the mix would have done it justice. The last three minutes of the song are an instrumental, and while the vocals are part of the song’s charm,h they aren’t really missed.

Run From This City – Purling Hiss