Philadelphia quintet Sheer Mag is more American than you are
Rip-roaring, Bud-flag-shotgunning and Boss-friendly, it might not be what you'd expect from art school kids from SUNY Purchase. But Sheer Mag, now relocated to Philadelphia, have cut two of the most exciting American Rock records in a long time.
At the flawlessly paved intersection of dad rock and lo-fi glam-shredding, Sheer Mag pumps out sweltering two minute hits with huge solos breaking out like pimples on their greasy, self-titled EPs. Short for Sheer Magnitude, the Philadelphia band sounds like they've blown out all the gear in town and gotta pump out their mud-stained "Taking Care of Business" chord progressions on left-over dollar store gadgets
In line with their townie rock sound, Singer Christina Halladay worships the blue collar on Sheer Mag's pair of EPs. "Fighting tooth and nail to take what's mine" and damning the realtors who "shook hands with their backs turned," Halladay's high, breaking howls with frustration at city lowlife.
But by touching only lightly on the frustrations of minimum wage, Halladay steers clear of anxiety. All that's left is swelling, emotional cuts of rock 'n' roll perfect for climbing up on the roof and launching fireworks into the neighborhood on the one day of the year that's totally cool with the neighbors.