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Mike Polizze, Fishtown resident and frontman of Purling Hiss and Birds of Maya, has announced his debut solo album, Long Lost Solace Find. According to Polizze’s hand-written announcement, the album is “largely acoustic, mellow, and almost without electric guitar.” In other words, it’s a complete left turn from his previous work as Purling Hiss, which features harsh walls of lo-fi noise rock.
Along with the announcement came the upcoming record’s lead single, “Revelation.” This warm, acoustic guitar-driven track features Polizze’s longtime Philly friend Kurt Vile contributing backing vocals and a gorgeous trumpet countermelody. “You came to me like a revelation,” Polizze declares, sweetly. “Revelation” features catchy, pop hooks, while the twangy guitar riffs keep it firmly rooted in the Philly folk tradition.

Mike’s debut solo album—and his first release for Paradise of Bachelors.—finds the erstwhile Purling Hiss frontman and Birds of Maya shredder stepping out from behind the wall of guitar noise into the bright sunshine. Performed entirely by Polizze with longtime friend Kurt Vile (largely live and acoustic) and recorded by The War On Drugs engineer Jeff Zeigler, this intimate Philadelphia affair clarifies the bittersweet earworm melodicism of Dizzy Polizzy’s songwriting, revealing bona fide folk-pop chops. #LongLostSolaceFind finally harvests the wild local honey from the buzzing hive of Hiss.

Check out “Revelation” and order Long Lost Solace Find here, out July 31st on Paradise of Bachelors.

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We’re highlighting new music from Philadelphia’s Purling Hiss , so get ready to rock out with lots of fuzzed guitars.

The trio released their new album recently  “High Bias” this past Friday. They’re a band that seems to keep a steady stream of material flowing, as this marks their third record for Drag City in just four years. And yet they never feel thrown together or haphazard – everything Mike Polizze and comany put to tape is patiently coaxed out of a collection of years-old riffs and spur-of-the-moment jams. For its part, “Fever” showcases Hiss’ layered, full sound that is still nuanced. We get scuzzy guitars and a barrage of percussion right out the gate, with Polizze’s garage-fi vocals slinking in amidst howls and solos.

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In High Bias lies every incarnation of Purling Hiss. The nine-song album is teeming with pounding overdriven riffs, guitar noise and its subsequent shredding and grooves throughout. All of which have become mainstays for the Mike Polizze-led power trio. This album doesn’t wax poetic around anything, High Bias is loud.

2014’s Weirdon brought a more accessible pop-tinged Purling Hiss to the light, ushering in this year’s three-song Something EP. While both were certainly welcomed and nothing felt out of place, it left something to be desired for the camp that shows up for Polizze’s frenetic soloing at Purling Hiss shows. And High Bias is probably the best example,  Polizze steps up his vocal range on the mid-tempo “Follow You Around,” without missing a step. It’s refreshing to hear him grow as a vocalist that’s often been a bit held back, or maybe reserved, up until now. “Get Your Way” swaggers, hooking you in its verses and bangs on its guitar lead, before completing with an overdriven bridge.

High Bias is stacked with every part of Purling Hiss that leaves your ears ringing in the ways you recognize best, while keeping ringing to tones you haven’t felt yet.