Philadelphia natives Sheer Mag have shared a new song, “Suffer Me,” from their forthcoming debut record Need to Feel Your Love. The song is accompanied by an eerie music video, following an enigmatic figure in a dark cloak bearing the Sheer Mag logo on its back. The Philip Steiger-directed video also contains shots of the band performing in a smoky haze.
The song itself revolves around the Stonewall Riots, addressing the hardships that members of the LGBTQ+ community endure. Guitarist Matt Palmer has a specific memory of discovering the brutality that instigated the Stonewall Riots—he recalls receiving a copy of Fun Home by Alison Bechdel from a friend, a memoir about a young woman accepting and embracing her queerness.
“While exploring her own queerness and queer history in her early 20’s, she learns about the Stonewall Riots that took place in Greenwich Village in 1969,” Palmer said. “I’d never heard of this demonstration or the brutal police raids on gay and drag clubs that instigated the protest.”
Vocalist Tina Halladay vocalizes her support for the LGBTQ+ community, as well, pointing out that “people have an odd fascination with what others choose to do with their lives.”
“Too often the people speaking against something have some of those feelings harbored deep within them that they don’t know how to deal with,” Halladay said.
Need to Feel Your Love will release on July 14 via Wilsuns RC. The band has previously released singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track.
Watch the “Suffer Me” video above and read more about the forthcoming album here.