Photos and text by Ashley Bradley
Sheer Mag and the rest of the bands that played last Saturday at Sidewinder brought the heat. Seriously, it was hot as hell inside that bar and smelt so strongly of that Austin B.O. we all love and embrace. Especially at shows like this. The first act Flowers & Fire warmed up the crowd great, instigating swaying and shoulder touching, but the second band Strutter started such a riot my camera was almost knocked from my fingers and a beer hit me smack in the face. Some other audience members were surprised by the moshing too, but quickly moved out of the way for all the X-handed dudes who were throwing fists, only slightly missing everyone’s faces. After a short intermission for the bands to tear down and set up, Glue brought an even stronger group of dancers to the front of the stage and also managed to trigger some crowd surfing. Since it was a sold out show, there wasn’t much room by the time Sheer Mag went on, which resulted in less moshing. Nonetheless, the crowd was still really into it, their voices belting as their hands pumped straight into the air. Earlier in the night, Sheer Mag singer Chritina Halladay mentioned Sidewinder to be a much smaller space than they anticipated, but it sure did make the show intimate.