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Sheer Mag

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Punk


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"Sheer Mag Reveals it All"

Somewhere in Philadelphia, scuzzy Americana rock met aesthetically aware pop and a creole of Susquehanna swamp rock was born.

SHEER MAG's first show was in February and since then, the stand out demo track “Sit and Cry” has racked up a lot of listens. It's just that type of song, one you listen to on repeat for a few days straight. The rattle of a hi-hat with soulfully squelchy female vocals echoing from under a layer of modern nostalgia. It's a soul that could be typical of the Philadelphia sound…the Americana DIY rock that moves you in your not-so-fresh cutoffs jeans when the city's reigning DIY punk isn't. Both set your climber-clipped keys a shaking to the beat in a humid-as-hell basement off a narrow corner street awash with the milky orange glow of the street lamps. Shine bright like a creamsicle melting in August.

The fuzzy yet syrupy guitar and vocal style is a lovely contrast to the high-fashion magazine of the same name but little to do with the band name's origin. “It's actually short for sheer magnitude,” they explained to me, in an Internet-friendly all lower case email that briefly underminded the impact. Probably why they favored the gnarly ALL CAPS via late-70s rock lettering on their white sheet they use as a backdrop live.

A humidity-saddled stream of ideas could have spawned more than the name, but the band itself. “Living in the city and I don't know why. Doing nothing but trying to get by” seems to sum up the pre-thinking follow-through that sets creative endeavors in motion when other aspects of life seem more stale than we can handle.

With shows continually cropping up in Philly and New York, a debut 7″ coming in June and an LP in the works, SHEER MAG is going to be anything but stagnant this hot, sweaty summer. - Impose Magazine

"Sheer Mag: "What You Want""

Sheer Mag's logo looks like the cover of an early hard rock record—all-caps font, jagged lettering. It seems appropriate, then, that at the outset of their 7" opener "What You Want", there's a guitar line with the same approximate structure as the central portion of Kiss' "Strutter". It's a fleeting-but-important moment—within the first few seconds of impact, they emphasize the "power" half of power pop. They bust out guitar solos that fly high. Their singer spits out words like, "What you want? What do you want me to do?," seemingly delivered more out of frustration than desperation. That tinge of anger—heard both in their vocals and their scuzzy junkyard guitar sound—is the perfect complement to "What You Want"'s swooning, power chord-driven melody. It's that ideal balance between sweet and sour. The track, one of four very good ones on their new 7", is an exciting introduction to this Philadelphia band. -


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


The mythos of Sheer Mag begins like so many other celebrated rock n' roll bands of yore: With two brothers. Following in the tradition of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Almond Brothers, the brothers Seely conspired to create a rock n' roll band to end all rock bands. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor required the recruitment of a daring drummer, a fearless lyricist and a diva who could party good AND write the rent check. With the pantheon assembled, MAG quickly recorded and released their debut 7" to cosmic acclaim. The band now stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock n' Roll? We'll leave that to the music "critics". But it is punk. 

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