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Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) – Package #9: “Need to Feel Your Love” Tour Stamp ft. Sheer Mag

Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the traveling circus that is the music tour. Package #9 features Sheer Mag.



Series Overview:
Red Run Art Series (No Blackout Dates) is a mixed-media series by artist Damon Kardon created to celebrate the traveling circus that is the music tour. He has various bands and solo artists whose music and words have influenced him and his art over the years. He set out to encapsulate in these works everything that a band or artist puts forth with a new album and accompanying tour. What better way to convey the creativity and excitement of travel than in a postage stamp representing this new voyage?

“Red Run” is a postage term describing an assignment to handle registered mail and “Blackout Dates” a travel term meaning no time off from travel. These terms represent to Damon, a clear vision each band or artist delivers in their new album and then expresses 24/7 in their subsequent tour. Each piece he creates starts with a painted portrait of the band or artist. He then incorporates colors and elements of their new album into the background. Next, he takes that image of the finished painting and digitally alters and adds text through Photoshop.

The text seen on each postage stamp design incorporates new song and album titles as well as the names and dates of the tour. Each completed stamp design is a mixed-media collage representing the artist/band and their music. You shall see a new finished piece featured every week for the entire run of the series. Through their boundless creativity and determination, these artists/bands have put their musical stamp on the world.

Road-Ready Listening:
– Be sure to enhance your viewing/reading experience by streaming Sheer Mag’s latest full-length offering, Need to Feel Your Love, released on July 14, 2017, via Wilsuns Recording Company.


About the Painting:
– The city of Philadelphia (proud to call my city) is in its Renaissance period of music. The first wave of Philly bands like Marah, Dr. Dog and G. Love & Special Sauce put their stamp on this emerging sound combining the old flavors (Motown) with the new (lo-fi and loose). Sheer Mag is part of the next wave (along with bands like Hop Along, Work Drugs and Waxahatchee) which are all fronted by powerful voices and re-imagine sounds clashing from the 70’s am radio through to the 90’s grunge era. There is so much raw energy in their sound but coupled with tight guitar licks not heard since you were wearing your boat shoes listening to Yacht Rock. This is what I love about my city and this band. It is the DIY approach and that everything goes through the grinder and comes out as something brand new. Sheer Mag is one of the most exciting new acts out there and I am thrilled to paint their portrait celebrating their first full LP and subsequent US/Canada tour. – Damon Kardon

Package #9: “Need to Feel Your Love”:
– Check out Damon’s creative process by scrolling through the photos below.

Tour Dates:

04/30 – Atlanta, GA – Hell at the Masquerade
05/01 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn Birmingham
05/02 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records
05/04 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
05/05 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
05/06 – Pittsburgh, PA – Spirit Hall
05/07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
05/08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
05/09 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Hall
05/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere Hall
05/11 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
05/12 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
05/13 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Place
05/15 – Detroit, MI – El Club
05/16 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
05/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
05/19 – Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
05/20 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
05/21 – Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
05/23 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub, Univ. of Saskatchewan
05/24 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
05/24 – Vancouver, BC – Modified Ghost Festival III 2018
05/25 – Vancouver, BC – Modified Ghost Festival III 2018
05/25 – Calgary, AB – Dickens
05/28 – Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
05/29 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/31 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
06/01 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz
06/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
06/03 – San Diego, CA – Soma
06/04 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
06/05 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
06/07 – Austin, TX – Mohawk


Sheer Mag’s cover artwork for Need to Feel Your Love:

The Series & Future Artwork:
– Coming up in Package #10… A Perfect Circle.
– Previously in Package #8… Ministry
– Previously in Package #7… Judas Priest
– Previously in Package #6… Arch Enemy
– Previously in Package #5… Run The Jewels
– Previously in Package #4… Corrosion of Conformity
– Previously in Package #3… alt-J
– Previously in Package #2… G-Eazy
– Previously in Package #1… Killswitch Engage