MIESHA & THE SPANKS ARE A ROCK N ROLL TWO PIECE FROM SWEET CALGARY, ALBERTA.
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“A remarkable and contradictory creature, the Miesha Louie. Fierce and aggressive. With a soft, sensitive underbelly. Loyal. And of singular will. Territorial. But with a strong wanderlust. An animal of the night. With a day job. And, most importantly, a lone wolf also comfortable travelling in packs. It’s all a part of who the Calgary rock songstress is and all a part of her latest, most accomplished release to date Girls, Like Wolves — a title, itself, that speaks of her natural wild ways.”
Mike Bell, Calgary Herald
Based in Calgary, AB, Canada, Miesha & The Spanks play sweet and sweaty rock n roll. While partners in the pack change over time, the nature of the game has always been the same- record, release, tour, repeat. Their music has been compared to The Runaways, Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Suzi Quatro, and White Stripes- described as being music “made for dancing around, clutching a warm tallboy to your leather-jacketed chest” (The Big Ten, Montreal QC) and “a swirl of punk chords emerging from a shambling old garage down some twisting back alley” (The Vue Weekly, Edmonton AB).
With the debut of their self-titled 7,” Miesha & The Spanks were introduced to campus and community radio across Canada in 2008. The sound back then was an adaptation of acoustic music that Miesha had been making on the side while she performed BOGART!, her old punk rock n’ roll group. Their 2011 full length, “Gods Of Love” (Transistor 66 Record Co.) featured single “Leather Jacket” which landed them as a finalist in Harvard Broadcasting station X92.9fm’s Xposure contest, aimed at promoting and developing local bands with funding, radio play, and performance opportunities. At this point they had briefly added organ which lent to more of a 60s garage vibe, while still maintaining some punk rock roots. Their first music video was created for “Leather Jacket” with Toronto director Ken Galloway (LIGHTS, Klassified, Shad). “Gods of Love” spent three months on !earshot charts nationally, and even longer on individual stations in Western Canada.
In 2013 Miesha & The Spanks spent a week with producer Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, Tricky Woo, The Rheostatics) and Josh Rob Gwilliam of Pilot Audio (Ghosts of Modern Men, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Sydney York) in a Kananaskis cabin recording “Girls, Like Wolves”- what would definitely be the loudest album Miesha & The Spanks has ever made to date. It followed in the footsteps of “Gods of Love,” spending three months on national charts, longer in Western Canada. “Girls, Like Wolves” was the final release of mainstay Calgary record label Saved By Vinyl (Rae Spoon, Ghostkeeper, Forbidden Dimension). The follow up digital EP “Summer Love” was released in summer 2015 as a pre-cursor to “Girls Girls Girls” (to be released, 2016). The single “Summer Love” was chosen by 95.3 The Peak to be played in regular rotation when Miesha & The Spanks were named one of the Top 12 Finalists in the Alberta Peak Performance Project, a contest whose goal is the development of emerging Alberta artists via an intensive, one week training program in the music business, live performance, songwriting, marketing and promotion- as well as funding and performance opportunities.
During all this time, Miesha & The Spanks have toured coast to coast consistently, and performed a number of times at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, CMW, and Breakout West. They’ve shared the stage with Queens of The Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Hot Snakes, Nashville Pussy, Imperial State Electric (Niccke of The Hellacopters), Pack AD, C’mon, Bison BC, Hot Hot Heat, and many more amazing bands. Miesha also works as a session vocalist, and has recorded locally with Calgary’s Small-town DJ’s, Cripple Creek Fairies, Drum N DJ, and internationally with Daniel Farrant (The Buzzcocks) & Paul Rawson (Extreme Music, UK)- her work featured in CW’s The Vampire Diaries, and SyFy’s Being Human. Miesha & The Spanks have also had their music featured in Lloyd The Conquerer (2011 film) and in a promotional web series by Miller Lite for The Internship (2013).
Their October 2016 release, “Stranger EP,” is made up of two new Miesha & The Spanks singles, with the electric chemistry of the new Spanks arrangement- Miesha Louie leads steady riffs and iconic wails, while Sean Hamilton picks up the body of the songs with mighty, charismatic beats. “Motorin’” and “Stranger” are the first recordings released in collaboration with Paul Rawson and Danny Farrant (The Buzzcocks) in the producers’ chair. Their input and influence shaped the consistent gritty rock sounds of Miesha & The Spanks with nods to 50s girl group romanticism and tonality shifts in the vein of Queens of The Stone Age. “Stranger EP” is a pre-cursor for more to come from that collaboration, as the team spends the rest of 2016 recording and fine-tuning for the 2018 release of Miesha & The Spanks’ next full length album.