Alternative metal band Scheer formed in Northern Ireland in 1993. Bringing together Audrey Gallagher (vocals), Neal Calderwood (guitar), Joe Bates (drums), Paddy Leyden (guitar) and Peter Fleming (bass), the band experienced some success in the late 1990s. After spending a few playing small venues around Ireland, the band were signed by the small Irish record label SON, and released their debut single "Wish You Were Dead" in late 1993. There was a great deal of interest surrounding this release and Scheer followed it with the Psychobabble EP in 1994.
In April 1995, Scheer signed to the 4AD label and released the Schism EP. In 1996 the band's debut album was ready for release and this was preceded by the release of two singles: "Shea" and a revamped "Wish You Were Dead." Infliction was released in 1996 to critical acclaim, although it didn't win the band any more than a cult following. A mixture of metallic guitars and power pop, all topped with Gallagher's distinctive vocals, the album became a minor alternative hit thanks mostly to the strength of "Wish You Were Dead." The recording of their second album began in 1997, but due to a contractual disagreement with 4AD, the release of the album was postponed indefinitely; the aptly-titled And Finally eventually appeared in mid-2000. ~ Jonathan Lewis, Rovi