Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Sheila Divine - "Watch Out For Us"

Boston's The Sheila Divine are on their 2nd comeback since breaking up in 2003, reforming in 2007 until 2008, and then again reforming in 2010. The classic Sheila Divine sound bordered more on the emo side of things, but more on the Jawbreaker/Sunny Day Real Estate side of emo, while borrowing from the loudquietloud blueprint of the Pixies. "Hum" was a pretty major radio hit, but the band suffered from their label, Roadrunner Records, deciding to shift focus away from the alternative side of the label once nu-metal took off at almost the exact same time as New Parade was released.

They just released the first song from their forthcoming album. "Watch Out For Us" drops the aggression and melancholy of their earlier albums, for a more mature pop punk sound. Yes, they somehow made pop punk mature. I wasn't expecting this with a new release. It's different, but fantastic. Considering the lyrics rally against the "1% are the VIPs," coming across as mature is quite impressive.

If you're in the Boston area, The Sheila Divine are playing The Sinclair in Cambridge on Wednesday, November 26 with Mean Creek, The Daily Pravda, and The Life Electric. For more info on The Sheila Divine's third run, you can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. To listen to "Watch Out For Us," head over to the band's Bandcamp.

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