Sheer Mag, Night Birds

White Eagle Hall Presents

Sheer Mag

Night Birds

The Smarthearts

Fri · April 26, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag
A tear in the firmament.
Beyond the noxious haze of our national nightmare - as structures of social justice and global progress topple in our midst - there lies a faint but undeniable glow in the distance.
What is it?
Like so many before us we are drawn to the beacon. But only by the bootstraps of our indignation do we go so boldly into the dark to find it.
And so Sheer Mag has let the sparks fly since their outset, with an axe to grind against all that clouds the way. A caustic war cry, seething in solidarity with all those that suffer the brunt of ignorance and injustice in an imbalanced system.
Both brazen and discrete, loud yet precise, familiar but never quite like this - SHEER MAG crept up from Philadelphia cloaked in bold insignia to channel our social and political moment with grit and groove. Cautious but full of purpose.
What is it?
By making a music both painfully urgent and spiritually timeworn, SHEER MAG speak to a modern pain: to a people that too feel their flame on the verge of being extinguished, yet choose to burn a bit brighter in spite of that threat.

With their debut LP, the cloak has been lifted. It is time to reclaim something that has been taken from us. Here the band rolls up their sleeves, takes to the streets, and demands recompense for a tradition of inequity that’s poisoned our world. However, it is in our ability to love - our primal human right to give and receive love - that the damage of such toxicity is newly explored.
Love is a choice we make. We ought not obscure, neglect, or deny that choice. Through the tumult and the pain, the camaraderie and the cause, the band continues to burn a path into that great beyond.
But where are we headed?
On NEED TO FEEL YOUR LOVE, they makes their first full-length declaration of light seen just beyond our darkness. Spoken plainly, without shame:
It is love.
This - is SHEER MAG.
Night Birds
Night Birds
This summer, Night Birds will celebrate their ten-year anniversary. That’s a long time for any band, but it’s especially long for a punk band, which Night Birds vocalist Brian Gorsegner is acutely aware of. “Ten years in punk years is kind of like dog years. Not a ton of bands make it that long,” he says. But unlike a lot of bands, Night Birds aren’t hanging on for dear life. Instead, they’re as spry as they’ve ever been, and they’ve got the eight-song mini-album Roll Credits to prove it.

As every song on Roll Credits shows, Night Birds are just as inspired as they were a decade ago. This is due, in part, to the return of the band’s original guitarist, Mike Hunchback, who played his last show with Night Birds on January 12, 2012. But just because Hunchback has returned doesn’t mean that long-time guitarist PJ Russo has left the band. Instead, on Roll Credits, Night Birds have become a five-piece, effectively bringing their career full circle.

With their new lineup, Night Birds decided to pay homage to one of punk’s best formats: The 12-inch EP. “Whether it’s Negative Approach’s Tied Down or Minor Threat’s Out Of Step, people think of those as full albums but, technically speaking, they’re not,” says Gorsegner. “They go down smoother, and you’re not left with any filler album tracks.” The proof is in Roll Credits itself, which, across eight tracks, is a lean combination of the band’s best elements. There’s the propulsive, self-deprecating “Onward To Obscurity,” and the fantastically tongue-in-cheek “My Dad Is The BTK,” which sees Gorsegner singing about a kid who starts to think his dad is a serial killer and snitches on him to the FBI, as well as a couple surf-inspired instrumentals, making Roll Credits as richly detailed as anything the band has done before.

Though it’s a mini-album, Roll Credits is still wildly ambitious. Fat Wreck Chords will be releasing it as both as 12-inch EP and a limited seven-inch box set, and for the artwork of both, Night Birds asked eight of their friends to contribute art to the project. Featuring art from Chris Shary, Nathan Gattis, Perry Shall, Marissa Paternoster, Michael Saunders, Paul D’Elia, Alex Hagen, and Keith Marlowe, Roll Credits features the handiwork of some of the most iconic artists working in punk rock today, the cumulative effect being a flashback to the band’s past as well as punk’s history. “Getting into the Killed By Death compilations as a teenager, that was huge,” says Gorsegner. “So laying the whole thing out like that, it’s interesting for us. It was our attempt at creating something that was just fresh and cool.”

But that’s not the only nod to punk’s past, as “Onward To Obscurity” features guest vocals from Poison Idea vocalist Jerry A. “He’s the king of punk, and the king of nihilism in punk, and it meant the world that he liked our band enough to have a hand in something like that,” says Gorsegner. “I get chills when I hear his voice come up on the recording.” It’s fitting, given that Night Birds are entering an era comparable to that of Poison Idea’s five-piece, Feel The Darkness lineup, or even Black Flag around the time of Damaged. They’re at the peak of their power, and there’s no sign of slowing down. This summer, the band will go out on tour with their new, expanded lineup, hitting 17 cities and showing the world that, a decade into their career, Night Birds are more exciting than ever.
The Smarthearts
The Smarthearts
The Smarthearts play incredibly catchy pop songs that will force you to sing along even if you don't know the words. The band features members of Sheer Mag, The Guests, Devil Master and Graveturner. Their debut album was released on Bandcamp in November and is a must listen.
Venue Information:
White Eagle Hall
337 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, NJ, 07302