New Audio: Sheer Mag Returns with a Politically-Charged Power, Chord-Fueled Anthem

Philadelphia-based rock act Sheer Mag, comprised of Tina Halladay, Kyle Seely, Hart Seely, Matt Palmer and Ian Dystrka, quickly emerged with three self-released 7 inches and regular touring across the Northeastern DIY circuit. Ironically, the Philadelphia-based quintet stood apart because their sound was so warmly familiar: big riff-based power pop, 60s and 70s proto-metal and 70s arena rock but without the toxic and fucked up machismo. They received praise from Rolling Stone who named the band one of their “10 New Artists You Need To Know” in January 2015, played at Coachella the following year and made their national television debut on on Late Night with Seth Myers.

Building upon a rapidly growing national profile, the band released their critically applauded full-length debut, 2017’s Need to Feel Your Love. Further cementing their enormous riff-based sound, the album thematically found the band surveying the contemporary political landscape through the lens of history with the band figuratively transporting themselves back to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, denouncing redlining and gerrymandering practices that undermine the popular vote while paying homage to German, Anti-Nazi political activist Sophie Scholl.

Sheer Mag’s highly-anticipated sophomore album A Distant Call is slated for a September 23, 2019 release through the band’s own label, Wilsuns RC, and while the album finds the band writing about surviving our hellish sociopolitical moment, the album’s politics are deeply personal. The album documents one of the most alienating periods of Tina Halladay’s life: She was laid off from a job and found herself broke and newly single. And her father, with whom she had a fraught and difficult relationship died, which left her with more heartache and wounds than what felt possible to heal. On another level, the album’s material makes an argument for socialism on an anecdotal level.

Sonically, the album’s material possesses a studio sheen while retaining the big riffs, even bigger hooks, grit and intensity that first caught the attention of the blogosphere, as you’ll hear on the album’s first single, “The Killer.” And it may arguably be the most ambitious and self-assured bit of material in the band’s growing catalog.”There are many killers out there,” Sheer Mag’s Tina Halladay says in press notes. “The Killer is a liar with a strange hold on the world. The Killer is a war criminal the corrupt of society have produced and protected. The Killer spends his life covering up atrocities and defending right-wing dictatorships. The Killer stifles accountability and truth. We want to know, when does The Killer die?”

Sheer Mag will be embarking on lengthy US tour that begins at the end of the month, and includes an October 9, 2019 stop at Elsewhere. Check out the tour dates below.

 

Tour Dates:

08/30: Kingston, NY – BSP Kingston
08/31: Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
09/01: Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
09/03: Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
09/04: Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
09/05: Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
09/06: Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
09/07: Madison, WI – The Terrace at UW-Madison
09/08: Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club
09/09: Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
09/10: Omaha, NE – The Slowdown
09/12: Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
09/13: Salt Lake City, UT – Diabolical Records
09/14: Boise, ID – The Olympic
09/16: Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore
09/17: Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
09/18: Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
09/20: Oakland, CA – The New Parish
09/21: San Jose, CA – The Ritz
09/22: Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
09/24: Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
09/26: Austin, TX – Barracuda
09/27: San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
09/28: Houston, TX – The Satellite
09/29: New Orleans, LA – Santo’s
10/01: Birmingham, AL – Saturn
10/02: Atlanta, GA – 529 Club
10/03: Asheville, NC – The Mothlight
10/04: Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall
10/05: Washington, DC – The Black Cat
10/09: Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
10/10: Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/11: Boston, MA – The Sinclair
10/25: Amsterdam, NL – London Calling Festival
10/26: Aarhus, DEN – Tape
10/27: Copenhagen, DEN – Loppen
10/29: Hamburg, DE – Molotow
10/30: Berlin, DE – Zukunft am Ostkreuz
11/02: London, UK – Mirrors Festival
11/04: Manchester, UK – Yes
11/05: Dublin, IR – Grand Social
11/06: Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11/08: Kortrijk, BE – Sonic City 2019
11/09: Benidorm, ESP – Primavera 20th Aniv, Weekender
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