A Distant Call

by SHEER MAG

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ytsejammr97 Tight, poppy arena-bar rock. Fuckin solid Favorite track: The Killer.
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Fuzzrious Fan Simple and precise beats, this sound really enchanted me and brought an air of nostalgia from a time I wish I had lived in the past! Nice vocals in this songs, right on guys! Favorite track: Steels Sharpens Steel.
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yendis This band only gets better and better. Every time I've seen Sheer Mag live they've played a badass set but with almost no stage conversation -- I've always been curious to know more about Christina, and this album answered that. She makes space for fat women in rock & roll and the punk scene to rock as hard as they want. I've loved hearing her show off her vocal harmonic talent and let us in on her personal experiences more on this album. Perfect 80's rock shreds too. My favorite band by far. Favorite track: The Right Stuff.
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1.
In the dark, in the burning forge Sparked by the funeral pyre I was smouldering in the cauldron I was hammered out by the fire In the light i was frozen stiff Exposed in my misery I was broken and awoken By the nightmare of history If you don’t play the game Then you’re sure to lose If you’re gonna live or die You better be the one to choose It’s a chain reaction When you turn the other cheek Remember if you’re looking for action And you’re feeling dull and weak Steel sharpens steel Steel sharpens steel In the crowd and behind my back I can hear what they say I’ve been beaten and defeated But I’m fighting for a better day It may be hard to believe But i stay strong for you Sometimes i have my doubts and i don’t know what to do
2.
All damn day i been waiting on line But i missed a paper so the SNAP declined I can’t tell if I’m doing it to myself Well not for nothing but let’s lay bare What’s got us sitting down on the kitchen stairs It’s the same fight I’ve been having my whole life But i won’t cry Cuz i should have known That to get some comfort from your aching heart Is blood from a stone It's hard luck living and I just make do But if one thing goes the rest follows suit What do you expect when you're living check to check All my days been a cycle on loop Or so it seems and maybe you’re the proof You’re not there and it’s more than i can bear But i won’t cry Cuz i should have known That to get some comfort from your aching heart Yeah won’t cry Cuz with you I'm so alone There'll be no comfort for my aching heart It's blood from a stone
3.
Today i saw another photograph Worse than the last and i just couldn’t back off I mouthed the name, ashamed what i’d discovered Tears in my eyes i had to look away Things just dissolve day by day In an ocean of pain, pulling the weary under Sinking in the dark water Fighting back against the tide Can’t hold on much longer when the salt begins to rise The trawlers lonely that dredge the sea have more in their nets than gilt-head bream undertow And below the waves they rest A wooden ship from tripoli With an unfound manifest I’m in my head and i’m feeling false But in my little way i’m mourning the loss Half a world away, i get back under the covers Time outside is moving slow When i’m going down i’m diving solo I just can’t explain how the sky loses its color just say a name (a name) just say the words to me I’ll break down, i’m trying desperately To find something here to redeem is it my mind or just everyday tragedy
4.
Silver Line 03:25
I cried all night but it’s not that simple With you and me there’s always a wrinkle I’m in such a bind and giving up So hand me the bottle and pick up the cup You know i’m looking for the Silver line to guide but it pays no mind I’m making it Day to day but can something please turn up my way I don’t know if i can take much more I need a reason to restore/open up the door Well there’s a picket line down in west virginia The bosses caved but wildcats continue Today my job said to not come back So now i’m striking for nothing with no contract
5.
We talked on the phone It was so hard to say goodbye You were moving on You had plans for the night I was walking alone When it started sinking in It hurts in my heart and bones All’s fair, but it’s not a war I bet ya think you’re Hardly to blame But i know you I tried to love ya I tried to tell ya I tried and tried and tried yeah At 15th and moore Is where i started to trip When you caught me at the door I swore I just can’t take it all the time I’m having some trouble All i see are landmarks of you And now the city’s a puzzle That i can’t solve cuz its not true I bet you think you are
6.
Cold Sword 03:28
When i was a girl I did my best to hide We all had to run for cover From my father and his drunken pride He’d leave us alone But never for too long He’d beat up on my mother And tell us he’d be the only one How could i learn to love From somebody so abusive? I pulled back and went away To nurse my hearts bruises Today i got the news That his heart gave out I know i’ll never have another But what father darkens his own house? Well i heard what they say That family’s not for choosing Is closure real? Will i find peace? Or is it just an illusion All i know is it’s on me To battle on even in my grief We can't decide who lives or dies It’s a cold cold sword It’s a closing door And what could have been with time on my side It’s a bright red sound And try as i might to shut it all out Now i see that life is all mine He always let me know How i let him down It’s so painful to remember But it’s all the same and he’s not around
7.
Between the parties there’s no light We need workers to unite We can decide to have another world But we're gonna have to fight It’s our last chance Destroy the part that hates yourself We deserve more than the dealers dealt Never had nothing my whole life Why not put my foot down Why not try to turn it around Let's put em on the chopping block The final hour strikes clock They need to pay They owe us our back wage Forget about what’s common sense We’re a threat and it’s their defense There’s no time left to compromise Remember why we labor Everything’s on the table Yes they need to pay The stakes are grave They can't be saved Need to fade away
8.
I'm the biggest one in the crowd and I don't say it much out loud But eyes stare and people turn My heart starts to race and my face burns Try and say what's best for me I wish that theyd stop I can't guarantee That baby I've had enough Cuz I got the right stuff The right sound The right changes baby have no doubt Defineless I tell ya now it's divine I used to keep my eyes shut My head hung low Still raising hell but I let it go It's timeless I tell ya now it's divine My body is a shield And it's still the one I wield I don't care what they see Cuz I think of beauty differently If you're worried about my health Shut your mouth and keep it to yourself
9.
The Killer 04:43
Shaking hands on the senate floor Closing deals and pushing for more He’s got a plan to win their hearts and minds yeah It’s the same old crook He’s taking a page out of Henry’s book Gonna write them off before the people get the chance To rip it up and throw it out Well that's just what killers do They salt the fields so it never blooms if a flower grows then it can't be long Before they make their ploy And arm the Contras or bomb Hanoi If Freedom rang he'd be calling from the Hague So while he's got an empty cell The cold war never ends (its the killer, its the killer, its the killer yeah) It all starts over again (its the killer, its the killer, its the killer yeah) He’s got you right between the eyes (its the killer, its the killer, its the killer yeah) Waving the flag for human rights (its the killer, its the killer, its the killer yeah) When does a killer die? The Killer So many people that are born to lose In a broken world that only turns to Grind them down until they turn to smoke It’s what I see The pigs doing work for the company I'm breaking out but the cycles never done
10.
On my back They wanna see us fall Decay, decay, decay But i hear a distant call Keep on runnin’

credits

released August 23, 2019

Christina Halladay- Vocals
Kyle Seely- Lead Guitar/Drums
Hart Seely- Bass
Matt Palmer- Rhythm Guitar


Recorded by Hart Seely and engineered by Kyle Seely
at 7th Avenue Freeze Out in Deruyter, NY

Vocal tracking and mixing by Arthur Rizk
at Creep Studios in Philadelphia, PA

Mastered by Josh Bonati in Brooklyn, NY

Synth on “Blood from a Stone” performed
by Alki Meimaris

Backup vocals on “Blood from a Stone” and
“Hardly to Blame” performed by Matt Palmer

Backup vocals on “Steel Sharpens Steel” and “The Killer” performed by Kyle Seely, Hart Seely, Matt Palmer and Arthur Rizk

Narrative concept by Christina Halladay and Matt Palmer

Lyrics by Matt Palmer

Album cover by Robert Beatty

All other art by Sheer Mag

Photos by Marie Lin

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