Hot Band: Sheer Mag
Tina Halladay – powerhouse singer for the Philadelphia band Sheer Mag – recently received an awesome tribute. "My friend sent me a neon poster-board collage that a little girl made of me at Girls Rock Camp in Austin," Halladay says. "I'm fuckin' tearing up talking about it." It's no surprise that Sheer Mag can inspire such devotion in young fans; the band's self-released debut, Need to Feel Your Love, is one of 2017's best records, mixing steely protest jams and lovesick yearning (what Halladay calls "the intertwining of things that make you feel hopeless and things that give you hope") into songs that combine punk spirit and Seventies hard-rock riffage.
The band began in late 2013, four roommates bashing
out music on an 8-track machine. From the beginning, they've infused their
retro sound with lyrics that take on sexism, gentrification and other forms of
oppression. "Rock & roll has always been a white boy's game,"
says Halladay, who has a silhouette of Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott tattooed on her
thigh. "But when I look out at a bunch of white dudes screaming our lyrics
back at me, I hope it's slowly chipping away at that toxic masculinity." J.P.