Over the last 15 years or so, relations between the fine people of Buffalo and Boston – especially when pertaining to hockey or football – have not been great. But when it comes to music, we have been able to put aside our professional sports-related hatred and celebrate a shared loyalty to reunited rock quartet, the Sheila Divine.
Formed in the Massachusetts capital in 1997 but led by Hamburg-born Aaron Perrino, the post-punk outfit that rose to notice on the back of such Western New York-influenced tracks as “Automatic Buffalo” re-emerged last year – and played such local summer events as Edgefest – after a decadelong hiatus. Now with a new album under construction and due out this year, the band that cut its teeth in legendary Cambridge rock holes like the Middle East is returning to Perrino’s birthplace for a two-night stay at the Sportsmen’s Tavern (326 Amherst St.) at 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and including special guests Boston’s Hallelujah the Hills.
Joined by bassist Jim Gilbert, drummer Ryan Dolan and guitarist Brian Charles, Perrino will surely deal out evocative favorites from the band’s 1999 breakthrough “New Parade,” as well as tracks from the future release – and plenty of onstage moments that both Buffalonians and Bostonians can harmoniously enjoy.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 day of show at the bar or via sportsmenstavern.com.