Static Shock Records – March 31st
Not so much a debut LP as a complete compilation of the Philadelphia group’s critically lauded first three EPs, Compilation is a nifty package aimed at those who’ve heretofore been aloofly curious. As an introduction it plays catch-up perfectly – the twelve four-track EPs are presented here in chronological order. However it definitely won’t win over people that initially passed on them. EP II is without a doubt the best of the bunch, songs like ‘Fan The Flames’ and ‘Travelin’ On’ reveal some nifty Thin Lizzy style hooks. On the whole though, Sheer Mag don’t have anything to offer that we haven’t already heard before. You can safely file them next to revivalist rock groups like Twin Peaks and Car Seat Headrest.