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.