Purling Hiss

Johnny Brenda's Presents

Purling Hiss

Low Dose, Plot

Sat, July 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Purling Hiss - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze has put in much time in the fried Philly blooze overdrive of the group Birds of Maya, but in his own vehicle he’s expanded his grotty guitar wailing into the further cosmos, still shredding speakers aplenty. With releases out on Drag City, Richie, Woodsist Records, and a previous LP on Permanent, Purling Hiss became a full-fledged touring unit in 2010, revealing themselves to not only be purveyors of Rallizes Denudes/Vermonster-style guitar jams, but to have a serious 90’s grunge/pop ethic not too far removed from bits of Bleach-era Nirvana. Lots of ooh-oohs to coincide with the growls, severe hooks to get lodged in your cranium.
Low Dose - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Low Dose
"Completely devastated", sighs LOW DOSE vocalist Itarya Rosenberg as she recalls her state of mind while penning the lyrics to the band's very first songs. Yet the complexity of human grief is made up of more than just sadness, and that fact is clearly on display during the roller coaster of contrasts barreling across this 35 minute debut. At once biting and vulnerable, elated and forlorn, the album is an exercise in sickly sweet tension and release that extends far beyond the vocals. Guitars that go from quivering cleanliness to sandblasted destruction, drums that simmer and crash into syncopated riffs, bass that's either softly strummed or bong rattling with no in between. The end result sees LOW DOSE as a dynamic outfit that wouldn't be out of place on the record shelf tucked between PJ HARVEY, METZ, and SLINT.
Plot - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Drawing inspiration from 90s noisemongers like Mudhoney, The Jesus Lizard and Girls Against Boys, Plot is Philly lads Jake Rhoda, Marcus Epler, and Cody Brown, and their self-titled full-length debut dropped on April 20th. The set is frenzied and unpredictable, with opening track “Uncertain Terms” relying on raw guitar riffs and punk energy, then shifting gears for “Riches to Rags” to incorporate doomy Depeche Mode sythesizers and ominous spoken samples. “Trash Picker” paints a bleak picture of post-industrial, post-capitalist decay; “Bugbite” finds the band teaming up with Mike Polizze of Purling Hiss for crushing fuzz guitar and lyrics about violent entrapment — “it used to be a parachute / now it’s a pair of concrete boots.” Bleak, but hey, it’s a scary and ugly world, and Plot is not here to paint a flattering picture of it.
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125