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WILCO, PURLING HISS
6 p.m. Arkansas Music Pavilion. $44.
Usually, when writing about an upcoming concert in this space, I'll go on for about 100-300 words, mainly about the headlining act. But I figure most folks who'd drive to Fayetteville to see Wilco already know about Wilco.
So this time I'm going to go on for 100-300 words mainly about the opener, Purling Hiss, of Philadelphia. First off, it's just not often that I get a presser from the Walton Arts Center that refers to Les Rallizes Denudes and Vermonster. Second off, Purling Hiss is bad to the bone.
The band's "Public Service Announcement" album from 2010 is a warped slab of burnout riffage that sounds like underwater classic rock played at maximum volume through seven delay pedals. It's scuzz rock in the tradition of yesteryear greats like Royal Trux, but with Xeroxed-to-infinity fuzz guitar and tape-hiss haze reminiscent of the golden era of Guided by Voices.
If I had to point to a single track that epitomized the Purling Hiss M.O., it'd be the nine-minute "Almost Washed My Hair," an apocalyptic mess of overdriven Stooges/Grand Funk meltdown. As far as live sound, YouTube findings reveal a muscular trio of bruiser dudes fronted by main-man Mike Polizze, who is a shredmeister.
Props to Wilco for bringing such a rad opening band with them, but expect a degree of befuddlement from some of the folks who just wanna hear the song about the heavy metal drummer.
Check out "Almost Washed My Hair" after the jump.