Purling Hiss have finally rectified their push-pull with fidelity, power and songwriting to create the strongest and most full on rock record in their canon. Eschewing the scorching solos of Hissteria and the sketched song ideas of Public Service Announcement the band pick up the legacy of their psych roots and run them through proto-metal, classic rock and more surprisingly 90's rock paces along the way. The album opener wakes the ghosts of Motorhead in the very best of ways, acting as a grand opening salvo and a nod to Polizze's love affair with the heaviness of guitar amplification. That proves to be a bit of a red herring as to the album's intentions. From there things mellow a bit but really lock into a groove that reveals a love of Dinosaur Jr., The Replacements and Lemonheads. Based on where the band left off before making the jump to Drag City, this wasn't the move I expected but it’s a damn good surprise of an album and working its way into heavy rotation on the RSTB speakers.
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