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The Minus Scale and The Sheila Divine w/Ultra Major
Sat, Jun 29, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Doors at 7:30pm | Show at 8:30pm | 21+
About The Minus Scale
From 2001 to 2009, The Minus Scale released 7 albums, burned through 6 ex-band members and toured incessantly, playing hundreds of identity-crisis-inducing shows with the likes of indie rock bands (Yo La Tengo and Nada Surf), 90’s alt radio icons (Gin Blossoms and Wheatus) and contemporary (at the time) emo bands (Bayside, Four Year Strong and All Time Low), while forging life-long friendships and breaking hearts along the way. 10 years after the release of their final album “Hotter,” the band have decided to record a couple of new songs for absolutely no good reason. They tracked them with Chris Chase at 1130ft in Dover, NH and asked nicely for Tom Beaujour (Nada Surf, Juliana Hatfield, Long Neck) to mix them. Don’t call it a comeback though, cause there’s no way this will last very long.
The Sheila Divine
The Sheila Divine were originally a Boston based rock group whose activities have been intermittent since 2003. Critics have compared their sound to the band’s own heroes, mainly early 1980s post-punk. The band has been most often noted for its loud/soft musical dynamic and Aaron’s Perrino soaring vocals, screaming in key one moment and howling a falsetto the next. The band had a large die-hard fan base in what was often called “the three Bs”: Boston, Buffalo, and Belgium. The band most often explained that they took the name from the Australian term “sheila”, which denotes an effeminate man or wimp – thus making them in a literal sense, the sacred wimps. The name is also similar to that of the suicidal main character of the book Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York. However, they took their name directly from a college friend named Sheila Devine. After changing the spelling and operating as Sheila Divine for several months the “The” was added to distinguish the band from such female artists as Fiona Apple.
Ultra Major is the product of four guys who grew up listening to 90s guitar rock. Take one part MTV Buzz Bin and 120 minutes; mix in plenty of big album rock a la Pixies, early Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth; shake it all up with indie/post-hardcore bands like Knapsack, Superchunk, Chavez and late 90’s and early 2000s punk & hardcore compilations; and pour on some catchy melodies for good measure. Then pop that in the oven of a tiny rehearsal space in Brooklyn, slow roast it for a few years, and voila, you have Ultra Major’s self-titled debut. Simply put, it’s a ripper. Since the release of their debut LP, the band traveled to Seattle to record with Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, and will be releasing two new singles as a result.