Sheer Mag’s debut full-length album has arrived. Need To Feel Your Love is dressed in the guitars, production and sleeve design of a bunch of vintage 70’s rockers (just look at that band logo!), but with a thoroughly modern anti-bullshit approach and a garage-punkish twist to the vocals. Out on Static Shock Records.
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A generation or two behind schedule, Sheer Mag sound like they could be the cast of School of Rock making music as adults. Having released a slew of fantastic 7”s that proved not only that they could rock, but that they could rock hard, they’ve made a fiery full LP of shredding and yelping and hard playing. Why are we relating so hard to it? It’s hard to say, but ‘Need To Feel Your Love’ is a fantastic retooling of the old school.
Proving heavy metal is essentially just pop music trying to sound gnarly, it makes sense that Sheer Mag’s caustic riffs have, over the years, just filled their listener with boundless party joy. Opener “Meet Me In The Street” is a non-stop hook snarled out into the void, its metal inclinations soon giving way to other sources of throwback. The lovely knotted guitars of “Need To Feel Your Love” flicker with reference to Prince and Fleetwood Mac, unwinding with a virtuoso ‘70s flow secretly just in service to love and stuff. It’s all over this record, that love stuff: their lyrics on romance and, social inequity and both offer a here and now amidst the tribute band fanfare.
This record feels super thoughtful and occasionally different from the Mag, in places growing its big, growly songs out of low-key rock mumblings; “Expect the Bayonet” may growl into a howler of a song, but its guitars start subtle and follow a nimble chord sequence into the big leagues. “Suffer Me” has hints of a more countrified rock band to it, a twanging and brightly sparkling number, while “Until You Find The One” is a short meditation for solo guitar that suggests a quieter, more introspective version of this fun fucking band. It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll but who cares when you can just listen to Sheer Mag.
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