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Sheila is proving that the revolution can come in the form of a heady dance rock party filled with crunchy guitars, infectious nostalgic punk and emo power chords, and soaring eclectic, avant-garde RnB vocal grooves that celebrate who we are, where we’ve been, and where we’re going. The signature sound of Sheila, which melds aggressive riffs and “speak truth to power” lyrics with unexpectedly smooth, poetic vocal lines coalesced when singer Sha’Air Hawkins picked up the mic. A Sheila set invokes diverse reference points combining jangly alt-rock guitar evocative of Chastity Belt with Black Belt Eagle Scout dreaminess.
The trio excels at bringing that fun, heightened, breathless, effervescent aspect of pop-punk into the realm of intentional social critique, where art reflects pop culture reflects life and the melodic breakdowns are heavy.