Posts Tagged ‘Sheer Mag’

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.
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.
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 makes their first full-length declaration of light seen just beyond our darkness. Spoken plainly, without shame:
This – is Sheer Mag.

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Sheer Mag is a rock band from Philadelphia formed in 2014. A combination of 1970s rock and punk ethos, the band continued to gather attention and has released three 7-inch singles.
This tape is their mini discography combining all of their works (their first three EPs).

Their first EP was released by WILSUNS RC on September 2014, and the second EP called “II” was released by WILSUNS RC & KATORGA WORKS on April, 2015. Their latest EP called “III” was released by WILSUNS RC & STATIC SHOCK RECORDS on March 2016.

This tape is release with the permission by the band members.

released November 30th, 2016


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Over the past three years Sheer Mag have made their name with blistering punk anthems raw enough to ignite your very soul. Now the band have announced they’re releasing a compilation record of all their work to date.

Collecting together their first three EPs (appropriately titled I, II, and III), all of which were recorded using the same vintage 8-track tape machine, the compilation EP is only just the beginning.

Not only is a return to the UK and Europe for live shows expected this summer, but a long-awaited full length debut album is also expected for later this year. Sheer Mag’s compilation EP is released via Static Shock Records on 31st March.


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Posted: December 18, 2016 in MUSIC
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In the past two years, Philadelphia arena-rock punks Sheer Mag have put out three EPs elucidating the myriad ways in which Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” can be integrated into the Go Go’s “We Got The Beat” in order to create new wondrous rock and roll songs. Admittedly, Sheer Mag hasn’t been the most prolific band, though a full-length is supposedly on the way in 2017 . but creating 12 tunes this perfectly chunky and ripping is a lot harder than it sounds. On III. Sheer Mag didn’t quite top its best-ever song, 2015’s “Fan The Flames,” but the group did produce its most consistent EP, demonstrating new-found vulnerability on the kinda-ballad “Worth The Tears” to balance out the one that stomps like an S.O.B. (“Can’t Stop Fighting”), the one that swings like an S.O.B. (“Night Isn’t Bright”), and the one that swaggers like an S.O.B. (“Nobody’s Baby”).


SHEER MAG – ” Nobodys Baby “

Posted: December 17, 2016 in MUSIC
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DIY classic rockers Sheer Mag made their television debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers. The quintet shared a pleasant surprise in the III EP in March, and here they ripped through standout track “Nobody’s Baby.” Philly bands seem to have a simple, but infectious mentality of just getting on stage and rocking as hard as they possibly can. Sheer Mag brought that to the Late Night stage, and it made for one hell of a performance, with three purely shredding guitars and Tina Halladay’s guttural tone in command.

Sheer Mag popped up on an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers,” where they performed Nobody’s Baby from their knockout III EP. It was the band’s television debut. 

They really brought it, with singer Tina Halladay’s emotional vocal performance one of the things about this band that comes across much better live than on record (and it still comes across pretty well on record), and the band sounds just the right amount of loose. The band just continues to have a big year. They released their third EP back in March, and soon after they played Coachella Festival .

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Posted: November 17, 2016 in MUSIC
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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 downloaded all 3 of their EPs. Now those EPs are being repackaged as an LP .
For those not in the know, Sheer Mag is a quintet from Philly that plays a brand of music that is built on punk and 70s rock riffs. Fronted by Tina Halladay who’s voice is sure to become one of the dominant voices in rock.
This compilation is the appetizer for their debut LP coming in 2017. Get very excited about that.


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Sheer Mag has a fan-made Facebook page

Extreme planning during Austin’s SXSW can be a wonderful and terrible thing. Yes, you may get to catch all the bands on your “must watch” lists, but you might also end up losing out on everything else in between. During a year of careful planning, then stumbling into the Sheer Mag set was one of my best one-off moments. I had heard the band’s endlessly catchy track “Fan the Flames” before, but nothing could have prepared me for the live version. Christina Halladay’s epic, explosive stage presence and soulful vocals are something to behold, and she’s backed up brilliantly by catchy guitar riffs and an incredibly fun band. Definitely one to see as soon as you can!

Sheer Mag, “Fan the Flames”
Much like the band Beach Slang, Sheer Mag has built its power-pop revivalist rep on two incredible EPs. The second one, the pragmatically titled II, came out this year and sports the track “Fan the Flames,” a straight groove that recalls Alex Chilton if he were on Goner Records. And like all solid power-pop, it’s as unassuming as it is addictive. the band Sheer Mag blew everybody away at SXSW and haven’t stopped touring since. Unfortunately they haven’t signed a record deal either, meaning it’s unlikely they’ll be going overground any time soon. But the facts is this: Sheer Mag play punk rock the way it should be played, and they haven’t released a duff song yet. 2016 could be theirs… if they want it. Grab the EP’s they are becoming very collectable from a band to watch this year.

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In an ugly past best forgotten, record labels and radio stations actually had some say in how bands developed, and that say usually had a lot to do with keeping bands easily categorized by genre. Experimentation made in-store racking and inclusion on primetime DJs’ playlists more difficult, so it was either discouraged or outright banned. Now that those genre lines have blurred to the point that they’re insignificant, it’s not a shock that a band would co-opt aspects of ’70s melodic radio rock. Many have. What’s surprising is how well that style blends with the no-wave lo-fi style that was originally intended to kill it.

Sheer Mag (short for Sheer Magnitude, which reflects their sound pretty well) recall Cheap Trick fronted by VKTMS’ Nyna Crawford. Well, OK, maybe that’s going too far: Cheap Trick in their prime were amazing and Nyna Crawford never had the range Sheer Mag singer Tina Halladay shows in song after song. If you like the tight guitar lines of shorthair rock bands like The Knack or Milk ‘N’ Cookies, there’s a lot to like on Sheer Mag’s latest 7″ III (2016). “Worth The Tears,” “Can’t Stop Fighting,” and especially “Nobody’s Baby” all have a crunch and grit that says punk. But that lo-fi production can’t mask the hooks or the radio-ready lyrics. Like Nashville’s Daddy Issues does with grunge, Sheer Mag can recall the forms and features of ’70s pop rock without falling victim to its excesses or limitations.

A handful of 7” records is an admittedly small sample size to draw any conclusions about who they are or where they’re headed. Is the distortion in the vocals a choice or a budgetary limitation? Without the indie production touches, you might confuse Sheer Mag with a pop band, albeit an outlier, like pre-Tragic Kingdom No Doubt. They’ve got chops and hooks and attitude to spare, and the old rules don’t seem to apply to them.


Philadelphia band Sheer Mag blew my mind when I unintentionally heard their live set opening for Ex Hex back in April 2015. Led by ferocious front woman Christina Halladay, they are hands down one of the best up and coming rock bands on the scene right now. Get into their new single “Can’t Stop Fighting” and hope for more to come asap!

Sheer Mag’s appeal is best exhibited in a live setting, where Christina Halladay’s forceful wail is drives the palpable energy at the band’s live sets. Sonically, the band channels late-70s glam rock vibes with Thin Lizzy licks for loud and obnoxious—but not necessarily scuzzy—sound. Lyrically, it references the horror of the countless unsolved murders in the Mexican border city of Juarez, ground zero for the importation of drugs into the United States. Like the best rock and roll, it’ll make you move, then make you think.


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Daughter  –   ” If You Leave “

Nearly three years after the release of their debut ‘If You Leave’, Daughter – the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella – will return in 2016 with a new album, entitled ‘Not To Disappear’.

Not To Disappear’ is Daughter’s second album and finds the band making confident strides forward both sonically and lyrically. Elena, Igor and Remi spent a summer in New York recording ‘Not To Disappear’ with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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The Fat White Family  –   “Whitest Boy On The Beach”  

The Fat White Family announce details of ‘Whitest Boy On The Beach’, the first track from their forthcoming second album.

The single is released on the band’s own Without Consent label.

The track is accompanied by a video shot at Beachy Head and directed by the acclaimed artist Tim Noble.

The band release their second album, ‘Songs For Our Mothers’, early 2016. It follows their hugely acclaimed debut album ‘Champagne Holocaust’, released in 2013.

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The Mystery Jets  –

Of all the acts that sprang into life in The Libertines’ Fagin-like wake, Mystery Jets were always the hardest to pin down. A Syd Barrett-enthralled troupe fashioning delightfully skewed, potting shed psychedelia out of playful wonky pop and unashamedly proggy flourishes from their Thameside hideout of Eel Pie, the South London island that played midwife to the British R&B boom in the early ’60s.On Curve Of The Earth, Mystery Jets have changed tack again, only this time it’s been to strip back some of their more shapeshifting tendencies and distil the essence of what makes them such a great band. Arguably their strongest, most personal and most coherent set of tracks to date, it highlights what the kids down the front of their shows shouting “Zoo Time!” have known all along, that at their centre Mystery Jets simply write amazing songs.


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Sauna Youth are an evolving band of future humans making truly irregular punk, not quite comparable to anything else. ‘Weird’ is a meaningless platitude, and ‘art punk’ is a classifier that shouldn’t be required. This last year has been an amazing time for the band, seeing them release their widely applauded ‘Distractions’ album, a split record with their sister band Monotony, embarking on several tours, radio sessions and even appearing on Marc Riley’s ‘All Shook Up’ TV show for BBC iPlayer.

To celebrate all of this Sauna Youth have decided 2015 has just enough room left in it for one more 7” and video. ‘The Bridge’ is taken from their album and accompanied with an exclusive brand new song called Blurry Images’ on the flipside.

Beginning and ending in squalling feedback ‘The Bridge’ is the song that rings longest in your head when listening to ‘Distractions’, it’s full of the desire to set yourself apart, to connect and hold fast. “I am the source of the overflow, a torn neck, an effervescent glow, I am the route to the heart of it” sing Ecke and Boon in everyman unison. It’s keen and brisk, tireless and smart as a whip. ‘Blurry Images’ prefers to jog on the spot, its drumbeat and bassline pinned down by throbbing keyboard jabs. “Ancient warning, or invitation, what’s it look like to you?” question the vocals, drawing the song into focus before upping the contrast. It’s a tour de force and a fitting home for one of the most unhinged guitar solos the band have committed to tape so far.

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Sheer Mag

Limited CD containing Sheer Mag’s first two EPs (originally released on Wilsuns Recording Company in the USA and Static Shock in UK/Europe) to coincide with the bands first European tour. Eight tracks in twenty seven minutes. In 2014, Sheer Mag seemingly came out of nowhere with possibly Static Shock’s favourite release of the year. They are the only band of recent times that manages to sound like a mix of a classic Seventies rock record, power pop and an obscure English DIY 7″ from the late 70’s.

Everything sounds scrappy, fuzzy and scuzzy and it’s all the better for it. The riff packed guitar work and fuzzed female vocals sit perfectly together whilst the crude rhythms just adds bounce and basic beats. Think a mix of the power pop delight of Protex, the lo-fi nature of The Seize, the riffs of Thin Lizzy and the powerful female vocal of Suzi Quatro. The CD comes in a reverse board digipack and with a double sided lyric insert.