Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag

Nude Beach, Lame Drivers

Thu, May 5, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag
The mythos of Sheer Mag begins like so many other celebrated rock 'n roll bands of yore: with two brothers. Following in the tradition of The Bee Gees, Oasis and The Allman Brothers, the brothers Seely conspired to create a rock 'n roll band to end all rock bands. The sheer magnitude of the endeavor required the recruitment of a daring drummer, a fearless lyricist and a diva who could party good AND write the rent check. With the pantheon assembled, MAG quickly recorded and released their debut 7" to cosmic acclaim. The band now stands poised on the brink of world domination or complete destruction. Is it Punk? Is it Rock 'n Roll? We'll leave that to the music "critics." But it is punk.

'Fuck yuppies, fuck slumlords, fuck cops and the rich—make no mistake, this is the message Sheer Mag wants you to hear. It's coded into their lyrics and built into the young Philadelphia band's blown-out grooves, which match swaggering soul force with a defiant punk spirit. Sheer Mag might reference 1970s classic rock every time they holler and shred, but their gnarled, whiskey-fueled pop-in-miniature is of a singular breed: There aren't many contemporary bands you could imagine unironically covering "Sweet Home Alabama" while some bloody-lipped fan stage-dives. Such is the essence of Sheer Mag's raw power.' --Pitchfork
Nude Beach
Nude Beach
Chuck Betz, Ryan Naideau, and Jim Shelton have been performing as Nude Beach since 2008. Their previous album, II, lead to them working with Tom Scharpling on a music video and touring with The Men and Roky Erickson. On 77, Nude Beach occupy a unique rock 'n' roll plane of existence that finds harmony between radio-friendly giants like Tom Petty and reclusive underground kooks like Bill Fox. As a trio of musicians, they are loose without lapsing into sloppiness, earnest sans cheese, knowledgeable minus pretension. Over the course of a set as the band whips from one song to the next, they will echo the tones and moods of Springsteen, The Only Ones, The Flamin' Groovies, The Replacements, and Badfinger, as well as anyone who released a record on Sire between '77 and '81. But when three people have been playing together in a band for as long as Nude Beach has, they begin to substitute influence for telepathy. Betz's wailing Telecaster never collides with Naideau's thrilling drum fills or Shelton's nimble bass lines; call their brand of rock 'n' roll whatever you like, but it's never short of eloquent, ingeniously performed and classically constructed.
Lame Drivers
Lame Drivers
Been a band for 10 years still nobody knows what to make of Lame Drivers: "a young Replacements or Guided By Voices?" "like the Buzzcocks getting a reacharound from the Descendents?" "Pell Mell?" "Jesus & Mary Chain?" "the Clean as a girl group doing a talkie?" "Killed By Death / Memb. Home Blitz?" WFMU's Terre T calls it "all my favorite rock elements." Led by fellow WFMU DJ Jason Sigal, Lame Drivers treat the band like a freeform radio show channeling everything from Ethiopiques to Krautrock through a classic power trio. "Teenline power pop is their natural fighting weight," KFJC's Thurston Hunger writes in a review that picks out bits of everything from Graham Parker to Jay Reatard, "but they'll weird it up!"
Venue Information:
Monty Hall
43 Montgomery St.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302
http://wfmu.org/montyhall