Sheer Mag

A Distant Call

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Record Label
Wilsuns Recording Company

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Sheer Mag return with their sophomore album, A Distant Call. They’re still writing about surviving our current hellscape, but this time around, the politics get extra-personal. The album verges on being a concept piece, and the protagonist resembles frontwoman, Tina Halladay herself. The songs document a particularly alienating time in her life when she was laid off from a job. Broke and newly single, her father passed away, leaving her with more wounds than felt possible to heal. It’s heavy power-pop so sleek it gleams. “We’ve been waiting to write these songs since we started the band and we were able to take these experiences and build a story out of them,” Halladay says.

A Distant Call makes an argument for socialism on an anecdotal level. We’re talking about how late capitalism alienates and commodifies whatever is in its path without using the term ‘late capitalism.’” Palmer and Halladay’s new approach to lyricism extended to the recording process, too. Once the Seely brothers had laid down the tracks, Halladay recorded vocals with producer Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Code Orange). 

TRACK LISTING

Side A
STEEL SHARPENS STEEL
BLOOD FROM A STONE
UNFOUND MANIFEST
SILVER LINE
HARDLY TO BLAME

Side B
THE COLD SWORD
CHOPPING BLOCK
THE RIGHT STUFF
THE KILLER
KEEP ON RUNNING

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