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Sheer MagSheer Mag have been rising in popularity, destroying house parties along the East Coast with their glam rock infused punk and getting everybody talking at SXSW 2015. Their most recent release 'II 7"' followed their equally explosive debut '7"' and has garnered praise from Pitchfork and beyond. The mythos of Sheer Mag begins like so many other celebrated rock 'n roll bands of yore: with two brothers. Following in the tradition of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Allman Brothers, the brothers Seely conspired to create a rock 'n roll band to end all rock bands. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor required the recruitment of a daring drummer, a fearless lyricist and a diva who could party good AND write the rent check. With the pantheon assembled, MAG quickly recorded and released their debut 7" to cosmic acclaim. The band now stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock 'n Roll? We'll leave that to the music "critics." But it is punk.
Dead HeavensThe early sparks of the Dead Heavens' sound began on a Walter Schreifels solo project, with Drew Thomas (Into Another, Youth of Today) and Nathan Aguilar (Cults) as the backing band. They were obsessing over Cream's first album Fresh Cream and MBV, My Bloody Valentine's both miasmic yet blissful follow up to Loveless. Aguilar also introduced them to the psych beauty of White Fence on that tour, which resonated with Schreifels, who was in the mood for heavier music, guitar solos, and a big rock feeling after a recent Quicksand tour. Upon returning to NYC, Aguilar reacquainted Thomas and Schreifels with musician, painter, engineer and dude who came up with the title Use Your Illusion, Paul Kostabi, who had previously played in White Zombie and Psychotica. "I knew Paul from his days with White Zombie, but hadn't seen him in years and didn't know he was recording," Schreifels said. "Turns out he was in possession of the same 16-track reel-to-reel I had recorded Gorilla Biscuits' Start Today on back in '89, so it was a perfect fit." Eventually Kostabi joined Dead Heavens, which had morphed mid-recording from a project into an actual band, changing the sound dramatically. Heavier and dual guitar leads, more sonic possibilities. Whether they're connecting the sounds of the psychedelic '70s or channeling the now, Dead Heavens are soundtracking their exploration and as drummer Drew Thomas mentions, "What the world needs now is for more people to take psychedelic drugs."
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