by Chris Shaw
Formally known as Mojo Possum, the Sheiks formed a little over a year ago, with their debut record Witches and Mystics self-released this past October. Witches and Mystics sounds a lot like Out of our Heads-era Rolling Stones, with lead singer Frank McLallen sounding a lot like Mick Jagger while he howls over impressive guitar solos drenched with reverb and distortion.
With most of their live shows happening at the “Burgundy Ballroom,” a house venue that also serves as a recording space for the Sheiks and other Midtown groups, Friday is a good opportunity to see the band in a different setting, even if it’s not a traditional music venue.
While the Sheiks call upon the traditional formulas of classic rock-and-roll, Moving Finger (the show's opener), incorporate unusual percussion effects, guitar squeal, and even trumpet solos to get their point across. Sounding like they could have been featured on the off—kilter punk compilation Cleveland Confidential alongside bands like the Styrenes and the Easter Monkeys, Moving Finger are an exercise in primitive noise, stripping songs to the bone before thrashing through them altogether. It's a formula that worked well for hardcore bands in the early 80s and it works here too, just don’t expect a long set from this group, as most songs barely hit the two minute mark.
The Sheiks and Moving finger play the Beauty Shop Saturday at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.00.