Plenty of shows and events took place in the city of Philadelphia this past Friday night, but anybody who ended up at the sold out Record Release show of PURLING HISS at Johnny Brenda’s knew they made the best of their night. Water On Mars was released by Drag City Records on March 19th, which only meant that this celebration for the record was long overdue. Joining Purling Hiss on the stage for the night were hometown heroes SPACIN’ along with the Chicago-based AXIS:SOVA (who just released a new 7″ on Philly-based label Richie Records), who together set us up to endure one hell of a damaging performance.
Water on Mars
There’s no better way to get things started than with this eight minute acid-wash. After six full minutes of ripping instrumentals, the song takes form along with Mike Polizze’s anthemic vocals.
Mary Bumble Bee
In the end the band played a large portion of their new album Water on Mars, even including a few past classics like “Run From the City” and “Almost Washed My Hair” for good measure. Spacin’ member Paul Sukeena joined Purling Hiss on stage for some extra lead guitar work in “The Harrowing Wind”, which only added to the intensity on a night where “intense” does no justice. If you’re in central United States or the east coast, check these tour dates and do yourself a favor – go see these bands.
As always, there’s plenty more videos where these few came from. Head on over to our YouTube page where you can check out some more – there’s eight total!
Rat Race –
Water on Mars LP (Drag City)
Lounge Lizards EP (Mexican Summer)
Purling Hiss Live in Philly (04/16/11)
Public Service Announcement LP
Split EP w/ Puffy Areolas
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