Sounds Like: A gang of punks with a not-so-secret love of Seventies classic rock
For fans of: Thin Lizzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, beat-up microphones
Why You Should Pay Attention: In the year since they formed, this Philly band has earned a devoted word-of-mouth following for their sweat-soaked live shows, super-catchy tunes and self-titled 7-inch. In the next few months they have shows lined up with similarly hook-centric bands like Parquet Courts and Ex Hex.
They Say: Lead guitarist Kyle Seely came up with the band's name and designed their vintage-style logo. "It's short for 'Sheer Magnitude,'" explains charismatic singer Christina Halladay. "I think he wanted it to sound like a rock band with huge stacks of amps." So is that what a Sheer Mag show look like? "Sometimes!" she adds with a laugh. "It really depends on what other bands are playing. It could be a punk show where I get headbutted and have a bloody lip, or it could be a big stage and everyone's singing all the words."
Hear for Yourself: "What You Want" is an exuberant, riff-packed jam. By Simon Vozick-Levinson