Philly’s Sheer Mag are purveyors of anthemic punk-rock grit which has been gaining the well-deserved exposure for their retro 1970s shredding sound that captivates as much as it demands a congratulatory salute. At the helm of the unsinkable pirate ship is Tina Halladay, the grungy Etta James who steals hearts with her raspy vocals and punk attitude. With the recent release of their debut album, Need To Feel Your Love, Sheer Mag is making the rounds and hitting the road with two dates in Los Angeles. The Echo was pounding with openers Gun Outfit and Tenement who warmed up the crowd for the inevitable thrashing that was to come.
As soon as the sextet made their way to the stage, the fans were salivating for that unmistakable power chord that gets crowds riled up for a Sheer Mag show. They opened with the fierce track “Meet Me In The Street” and did not ease up until the last note of the night. Their songs are not only devastating punk rock tunes but songs dealing with real and relevant issues. “Expect The Bayonet” is about the current U.S. climate where racism, bigotry and hypocrisy suppresses any hope for a free and civilized nation. The track “(Say Goodbye to) Sophie Scholl” is about the 1940’s German born anti-Nazi activist and seems fitting for the world we are living in. The lyrics are deep but also contain that element of well-crafted rock songs that are entertaining at their core.
The crowd nearly lost their marbles as packed room erupted with shoving and the much needed mosh pit to show the band their undying love for their music. The loyal fans sang to every track as the sweat-drenched rockers gave them what they wanted. The awe-inspiring music of Sheer Mag’s debut album is just a nibble of what this band has in store for their future releases. We can’t wait to hear about how many bloody ears are tallied up by the end of this current tour. Sheer Mag’s debut album Need To Feel Your Love is out now with their tour reaching the mid-west and east coast this fall.