Sheer Mag - Hardly to Blame

Song of the Day
Hosted by Cheryl Waters
Today's Song of the Day, as chosen by Cheryl Waters, host of The Midday Show on KEXP, is "Hardly to Blame" by Sheer Mag, from the 2019 album A Distant Call on Wilsun Recording Company.
photo by Elizabeth Crook (view set)
written by Janice Headley

The latest release from Philly-based punk band Sheer Mag, titled A Distant Call, finds frontwoman Tina Halladay reflecting on her past: the breakups, the lack of funds, and the passing of her father. On today's featured track, Halladay looks back on the ending of a relationship, singing frankly "All’s fair, but it’s not a war." Guitarist Matt Palmer shared more via a press release:

In “Hardly To Blame” we see the psychic landscape of Philadelphia transformed by the collapse of [vocalist Tina Halladay]’s relationship with her partner. The streets they used to walk together, the bars they used to drink at, and the friends they used to share have all been tainted by the lingering memories of their time together. Closing out side A of A Distant Call, “Hardly to Blame” shows Tina spiraling further down and down. Unfortunately the worst is yet to come, but “Hardly to Blame” gives us a glimpse at someone who thinks they’ve hit bedrock, unaware that the bottom is about to drop out.

A Distant Call is out now via Wilsun Recording Company. Check out the video directed by Jonathan Arturo below.

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