LONG PLAYER OF THE DAY: The Sheila Divine, ‘New Parade’

The Artist/Album: The Sheila Divine, New Parade (Roadrunner, 1999)

The Reason(s) We Can’t Stop Listening: Nothing against our New England readers or anything, but we’ve never been a big fan of Boston. Maybe it’s because our editor hailed from Buffalo, and the ’90s were spent watching bloody goalie battles between the Bruins and the Sabres. At any rate, one thing both cities could always agree on was the Sheila Divine. An angsty alt-rock band in the post-Pearl Jam sense, they combine crunchy power chords and unrelentingly climatic choruses in a way that makes us reach for the nearest Labatt Blue and bar stool. Why? Because these are songs that you scream at the top of your lungs, from screeching modern radio favorites like “Hum” and “Like a Criminal” to more subtle mood manipulators like “Spacemilk” and “Automatic Buffalo.”

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Direct Link: The Sheila Divine, “Hum”