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Sheryl's Magnetic Aura
Sheryl's Magnetic Aura
Self-Titled
Cosmonaut


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "The World Just Died"

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These are the reasons you need to know about up and coming noise-rockers Sheryl's Magnetic Aura: they have the right mix of raunchy and clean guitars, songs that are catchy like a cold, and enough energy to fuel a respectably sized town.

They are also the reason Sheryl's isn't just another emo band. Noisier than many of its current flock of anonymous bespectacled peers, Sheryl's relies on the kind of grit and grime that keeps Modest Mouse regular. However, the band's delivery is a little more innocent and a little less damaged, as evidenced by the teen hormone anthem "Making New Friends", which touts the lyric "Girl are you up? I am up. I'm coming over."

The singer on "Making New Friends" never quite hits the falsetto part of the chorus, but it is endearing in an early '90s indie-pop sort of way (think All About Chad and the like). On top of it all are hooks galore and shout-along choruses for sensitive indie kids to join in on while tearing around suburbia in used cars. The vocals remain vigorous, but as this five-song set wears on, they tend to get a little too cheeky ("Get Out of Town"). Layered guitars and spacy synth dress up the compositions. "Everything Happens To Me" has super layered guitars reminiscent of Archers of Loaf or AOL-derived acts such as the late lamented Haywood.

With the right production and a bit more focus this band is set to make a great long-player, so keep your eyes open for Sheryl's in the future.



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