Vinyl LP £17.99 DC533
LP on Drag City.
CD £9.99 DC533CD
CD on Drag City.
Hey, remember grunge? It’s back, apparently...or did it never go away? I suppose it depends who you ask. Anyway, there’s been some really great neo-grunge out in the past couple of years from the likes of Cloud Nothings, Culkin, Metz, Dope Body, Giving Up, Diiv and the like, and now we’ve got Purling Hiss’s new one which is well grunge, with opener displaying more than a hint of Nirvana pop crunch and some out there Dino Jr-esque fretwork while the following track channels indie heroes Archers Of Loaf in its mid-paced bounce and understated hangdog pop hooks, making it sound instantly familiar.
In fact as the album progresses those three bands continue to prevail through the course of the record, sometimes going into slightly more downbeat Guided By Voices/Television Personalities/Pavement territory. There’s always loads of nostalgic trebly guitars, energetic drumbeats and most importantly good, memorable tunes. The abundance of good songs and occasional dabbling in psych-noise save this from being a simple exercise in nostalgia but this is certainly a band who wear their debt to the ‘90s on their sleeves. If this had been made 20 years ago it’d be a classic by now, but it wasn’t. Still good though.
9/10 Penrith Steve 7th October 2014
As they release their new album 'Weirdon' I am compelled to review their previous LP 'Water On Mars'. To be perfectly honest, I didn't much care for anything that they have released prior to this. However, it is the kind of sound that if I'd discovered it 20 years ago I would have no doubt loved it. I think I feel a bit old for properly lo-fi noise these days. 'Water On Mars' is a pretty much perfect album to my ears, more focused and songy that their previous work. It makes me reminisce of a time when plaid shirts and ripped jeans were de rigueur. It lands somewhere between Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr and The Lemonheads. Equal parts grungy, wailing lead guitar and ear worming melodies. The best example of this being the single 'Mercury Retrograde'. Album opener 'Lolita' leans slightly more in the direction of Nirvana. This has been my favourite album of the last couple of years. It's well worth the money if your tastes are similarly inclined.
7/10 Rob Gannon 24th July 2013
"There comes a time in many a band’s existence when they have to decide whether to continue producing niche sounds or whether to go for broke and try and actually sell some records."
Read the full review: http://www.sicmagazine.net/6202/purling-hiss-water-on-mars/
YOUR RECENTLY VIEWED ITEMS
- Water On Mars by Purling Hiss
What the artist or label has to say for themselves. Read more.