Formed back in 2014 and originating from Philadelphia- the breeding ground for new and exciting rock and punk bands, Sheer Mag are a 5 piece band bringing the sound of 70s rock and punk back into the limelight. Named by Rolling Stone in January 2015 as one of their “10 New Artists You Need To Know”, they were described as “a gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of Seventies classic rock.”
From September 2014 to March 2016, the band have released three 7 inch singles, each four songs in length, entitled I, II and III (sometimes the simple way is the only way), with the first two being released as a combined LP. Singer Tina Halladay’s vocals drive the band in their old school ways; her voice has been likened to a Jackson-5 style wail but with the rough edge needed for punk music like this. She has a terrific range, sounding great with the shrill high notes. The guitar riffs are simple and effective, the drums precise and driven and the bass steadfast. Their music may seem pretty straightforward but that’s what makes it so great, you can’t help but love the infectious riffs and bad-ass-ery of songs like ‘Fan the Flames’ and ‘Nobody’s Baby’.
Sheer Mag are a throwback to an underground and passionate era of rock n’ roll. Their popularity has grown through sheer (pardon the pun) word of mouth as the band don’t even have their own Facebook page and avoid self promotion. It’s true DIY rock n’ roll.
Having played this year’s Coachella Festival in the states, the band is very much on the rise and look to be one of the next big things in the US rock n’ roll scene.