You know, D.C.'s Comet Ping Pong is an awesome venue and promoter Sasha Lord does a fantastic job getting great bands to play the place, but due to circumstances probably beyond the control of most of the people there, tonight's sets by Purling Hiss and Meatbodies were both marred by some technical problems with the vocals. Still, things happen and the show must go on.
The problems were not enough to derail the bands. Openers Foul Swoops were solid and their set was not a victim of any sound problems.
Purling Hiss were next and they poured themselves into a set to promote their excellent new album Weirdon, out now on Drag City. The band were tight and focused despite the less-than-perfect vocals. As mainman Mike Polizze worked out some kinks on that front, the rhythm section of Kiel Everett and Ben Leaphart kept the crowd entertained with an instrumental version of "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes.
(Kenixfan confession time: that's the only song I ever learned to play when I took bass lessons when I was 17!)
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After Purling Hiss came Meatbodies and they rocked. Cranking through the best stuff on their awesome self-titled debut album, the four-piece tore the roof off the place. The band's debut, out now on In The Red Records, is a punchy bunch of cuts and the band's set tonight didn't veer far from the template laid down on that record.
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