BT: The Sheila Divine – Hum
If a band could ever lay claim to being criminally overlooked, itâ€™s The Sheila Divine. Their 1999 album New Parade is a masterpiece. Angry pop rock at its best, a vocal amalgam of straightforward screaming and a light falsetto. Infectious, timeless, and will grow on your with each successive listen.
A certain label, whose name I wonâ€™t mention (but they always escaped the coyote) really dropped the ball with The Sheila Divine. Inexcusable, and one reason bitterness marinates in my soul when I think of certain aspects of the music business.
New Parade goes much deeper than â€œHumâ€ but itâ€™s a good introduction. Growing up, both as a fan and someone with a mind for the business, I always thought â€œWeb In Frontâ€ by Archers of Loaf was a textbook pop rock song. Still to this day, I love the lyrics, â€œYouâ€™re not the one who let me down, but thanks for offering.â€ But when The Sheila Divine entered my world, the entire New Parade album became my definition of perfect pop rock.
I love this band, and Iâ€™d love nothing more than to see another show booked at the Mercury Lounge in the near future. If youâ€™d like to download New Parade for free, visit our free music page.