Sheer Mag played The Sinclair – 8/31

Philly rockers Sheer Mag headlined their biggest Boston show yet at The Sinclair on Thursday, with support from Lost Balloons and Haram. 

Fresh off the release of their debut full length Need To Feel Your Love and a summer of high-profile gigs, including a much-blogged-about Coachella appearance, the classic rock via garage punk six-piece Sheer Mag are having a pretty good year for themselves. The steadily building buzz surrounding their beloved first three EPs and fiery live shows has reached a resonant frequency, and their subversively joyful songs – including those of a slightly more danceable variety on the new LP – have certainly found their audience. I hadn’t caught the band until now, and while their set would’ve felt more at home in a smaller, grimier sort of venue, the soulful grit of Tina Halladay’s vocals matched with a triple-guitar onslaught still sounded great.

First openers Lost Balloons (featuring The Marked Men’s Jeff Burke) were an enjoyably breezy if not hugely memorable appetizer, but it was NYC’s Haram – an uncompromising hardcore band whose lyrics are entirely in Arabic – that stole the show. Vocalist Nader Haram was a magnetic frontman who was all over the stage and the floor, and the crowd was reciprocally active. I rarely see a pit open up like that in a venue like this.

Check out photos from the whole evening below.