Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

Purling Hiss Photographed by Constance Mensh

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a singer, songwriter, feedback hiss taker and mischief maker, from the band Purling Hiss who’ve just released a new album called “High Bias” on Drag City Records, I’ve always got time for Mike Polizze!


“High Bias” follows on from where last year’s “Weirdon” (a particular Velvet Sheep fav) left off – it’s all the noisest parts of Husker Du, all the wonkiest parts of “Westing” era Pavement, thrown in with Anglophile shoegaze and Replacements hooks. Another masterclass of a record from the top of “Fever” to the epic fear & loathing of “Everybody In The USA”.

I chatted to Mike last year, first for the skate/music site Caught In The Crossfire…

Purling Hiss interview

and then right here, as one of the first features on Velvet Sheep in its incarnation as a blog, where Mike chose a Lucky 7 tracks…including one from Cameo!


Since I basically can’t get enough of Purling Hiss, I had to ask Mike for a “song for ewe” as a snapshot in time circa “High Bias”, so without further ado, over to the man himself who never disappoints…

“I pick “Green Eyes” by Husker Du. I heard it come on the radio right after they played our song recently. And it was always my favourite song on the album, “Flip Your Wig.” It got stuck in my head, and so we played it a few times at band practice recently, too. I also just really like the Grant Hart songs a lot, like “Diane” and “It’s Not Funny Anymore.””

Cheers to Mike! And as always the ace Sean Newsham. Photos by Constance Mensh.

Here’s a taste of “High Bias” (highly recommended)

and the new video “Follow You Around”

And if you’re in the US, here’s the tourdates:

10/29/16 @ Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY
10/30/16 @ Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia, PA
10/31/16 @ Kings Barcade in Raleigh, NC
11/1/16 @ The Earl in Atlanta, GA
11/2/16 @ Glass Menage in Nashville, TN
11/3/16 @ Circle Bar in New Orleans, LA
11/4/16 @ Hotel Vegas in Austin, TX
11/5/16 @ Monarch in El Paso, TX
11/6/16 @ Night of the Living Fest at 191 Toole in Tuscon, AZ
11/7/16 @ The Hideout in San Diego, CA
11/8/16 @ Resident in Los Angeles, CA
11/10/16 @ The Chapel in San Francisco, CA
11/11/16 @ Richard’s Goat in Arcata, CA
11/12/16 @ High Water Mark in Portland, OR
11/13/16 @ Chop Suey in Seattle, WA
11/14/16 @ Stage 112 in Missoula, MT
11/16/16 @ The Aquarium in Fargo, ND
11/18/16 @ The Hideout in Chicago, IL
11/19/16 @ El Club in Detroit, MI
11/20/16 @ Happy Dog in Cleveland,OH