Sheer Mag

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Sheer Mag is back with their follow up to 2017’s excellent, Need To Feel Your Love with A Distant Call. Based on the first track, we’re set for another fiery collection of full-throated punk and power-pop. Here’s some info from the PR team.

They’re still writing about surviving our current hellscape, but this time around, the politics get extra-personal. The album verges on being a concept piece, and the protagonist resembles Halladay herself. The songs document a particularly alienating time in her life when she was laid off from a job. Broke and newly single, her father (with whom she had a fraught relationship) passed away, leaving her with more wounds than felt possible to heal.

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From the moment Steven Hyden told me to start listening to Sheer Mag, they have become a staple in my listening diet. Led by the force of nature, Tina Halladay, the Philly 5-piece deliver an abundance of riffs on this homage to 70s rock and punk.

Over the course of three self-released EPs (all 4 songs in length) the band delivered a raw unfiltered blend of punk and 70s riff-rock. On their first LP, the production is a little tighter without sending over-produced; and there is more variety to their output. Its everything you could hope for a band making the metaphorical transition from toddler years to teen years.

The albums jumps out of the gates with Meet Me In The Street that paints a picture of the recent protests. Kyle Seely’s riff combined with Halladay’s lyrics whips up the atmosphere. The title tracks follows with a riff and hook that has a Jackson 5 flavor to it with a theme of people needing to stay together during these absurd times. Later on, they mix in a hint of twang flavor courtesy of another of Seely riff on Suffer Me that pays tribute to the Stonewall Riots.

I had high expectations for this album. Sheer Mag met those and then some.

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Sheer Mag are a 5-piece from Philly that burst on to a scene with a trio of EPs built on meaty riffs inspired by the 70s and the vocal power of Tina Halladay. Their debut, Need To Feel Your Love will see the light of day on 7/14/17 via the fine folks at Wilsuns RC. Here is a little something on the title track.

When asked about the Al Green-inspired song, singer Tina Halladay said it’s about “when you get to the point of a romantic relationship and you feel as if you have done everything to give that person a chance to make the most out of it and you are at the breaking point and you NEED them to do something more, even if you don’t exactly know that is.”

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Sheer Mag, the force of nature from Philadelphia are set to release their highly anticipated full-length LP. The LP will be titled Need To Feel Your Love and will be out on July 14th. As with the previous three EPs, the lead single Just Can’t Enough tends to rock. Here’s a little something in their PR Release.

A tear in the firmament.

Beyond the noxious haze of our national nightmare – as structures of social justice and global progress topple in our midst – there lies a faint but undeniable glow in the distance.

What is it?

Like so many before us we are drawn to the beacon. But only by the bootstraps of our indignation do we go so boldly into the dark to find it.

And so SHEER MAG has let the sparks fly since their outset, with an axe to grind against all that clouds the way. A caustic war cry, seething in solidarity with all those that suffer the brunt of ignorance and injustice in an imbalanced system.

Both brazen and discrete, loud yet precise, familiar but never quite like this – SHEER MAG crept up from Philadelphia cloaked in bold insignia to channel our social and political moment with grit and groove. Cautious but full of purpose.

What is it?

By making a music both painfully urgent and spiritually timeworn, SHEER MAG speak to a modern pain: to a people that too feel their flame on the verge of being extinguished, yet choose to burn a bit brighter in spite of that threat.

With their debut LP, the cloak has been lifted. It is time to reclaim something that has been taken from us. Here the band rolls up their sleeves, takes to the streets, and demands recompense for a tradition of inequity that’s poisoned our world.

However, it is in our ability to love – our primal human right to give and receive love – that the damage of such toxicity is newly explored.

Love is a choice we make. We ought not obscure, neglect, or deny that choice.
Through the tumult and the pain, the camaraderie and the cause, the band continues to burn a path into that great beyond.

But where are we headed?

On NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE, they make their first full-length declaration of light seen just beyond our darkness. Spoken plainly, without shame:

It is love.

This – is SHEER MAG.

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Sheer Mag to release Compilation LP

November 15, 2016

Sheer Mag are a force of nature and a band that are doing it on their terms. Over the last couple of years they’ve released 3 EPs on their bandcamp site with no self-promotion other than word of mouth. No social media. No Spotify. I came across them via the esteemed Steven Hyden and have […]

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