MIESHA & THE SPANKS LIVE AT CJSW 90.9 FM
Wednesday April 4 Miesha & The Spanks visited CJSW in Calgary to play some tunes off of GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS. Here's a 360 video of the performance!
THE PRAIRIE PUNK MAMA BEAR
LUCAS PROVENCHER - VUE WEEKLY
“I had the concept of calling the album Girls Girls Girls since 2014 when it was me and a girl in the band,” Louie says. “We were just kind of throwing that around, and trying to draw attention to women playing music. Now my band is only 50 percent female, but that still meant a lot to me—to keep it at that title, and push women to the front.”
The album is a melodic, power chord laden, kick and snare sorta thing—more fun times than fistfights but comfortable in both. The tracks range from quick and gritty sing-a-long anthems to Ramones-era doo-wop jams.
"GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS" REVIEW
THE WALLEYE - THUNDER BAY ON
GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS - FIERCE, FRISKY, & FEMALE
BRAD SIMM, BEATROUTE (AB)
"What a vision! It could be a boatload of bikini-clad woman. There was a movie made about that starring Elvis. Girls were wild about him, and he was wild about them and sang lots of girl-crazy songs. Motley Crue were wild about girls too. They wrote a song and made a racy video with motorbikes and exotic dancers to celebrate their obsession. The Crue and Elvis had similar interests, but different styles, a different vision, a different statement.
Miesha Louie is wild about girls too. And has something different to say. Her thing for girls is being female, having a female frame of mind, a female voice, having female fun and being part of a “girl-pack”. The photo on the front of her new album, Girls Girls Girls, is littered with familiar faces of women who make up a large part of Calgary’s music community."
BANDS N BUDS - EPISODE #10
Sarah Burke And Drew Khan chat with Miesha & The Spanks and find out more about the album "Girls Girls Girls" their tour and more.
MIESHA & THE SPANKS SEVEN FAVOURITE PLACES IN CALGARY
EXCLAIM! MARCH 2018
LOTS OF PLACES TO EAT, SEE SHOWS, AND PLAY ARCADE GAMES!
Miesha & the Spanks are the Calgary-based guitar-and-drums duo of Miesha Louie and Sean Hamilton. Their latest riff-rock effort, Girls Girls Girls, is out now on Saved By Vinyl. Louie gave us a tour of her favourite Calgary spots. Location photos by Michael Grondin.
Featuring: Pin-Bar, Galaxie Diner, Broken City's Photo Booth, Banger Beach, Tubby Dog, Home & Away, and the Ship & Anchor!
"GIRLS GIRLS GIRLs" reviews
RELEASED MARCH 9 2018
""Lost Boy" channels Iggy Pop atop its dark-surf vibes, offering a weary take on navigating the world at large, while the heavy, driving title track opines "all my 20s spent on boys and bars / and the boys have lost their fun." There's a certain resignation to Miesha Louie's lyrics here, but they always seems couched in grit and defiance rather than defeat. Elsewhere, "Atmosphere" feels like an instant pop-punk classic, handily earning its clappable chorus, and Louie flexes her six-string muscle on opening stomper "First Love, First Blood."
With just guitarist-vocalist Louie and lone Spank Sean Hamilton on drums, Girls Girls Girls seeks to maximize the impact of the duo's Spartan palette. Producers Paul Rawson and Buzzcocks drummer Danny Farrant focus and clarify the sound: the guitar roars, the drums pummel, the vocals compel. And unlike the Crüe it lifts its title from, Miesha's Girls Girls Girls looks to unpack the good times as sharply as it rallies for them."
“Bold, brash, bursting with bravado, oozing with emotion, Louie and Sean Hamilton, who are the 2-piece nucleus of Miesha and the Spanks, switch on the high-octane that flows throughout the record.”
“… sure to give any die-hard rock and roll fan hope for the future of the genre.”
FYI MUSIC NEWS (NORTH AMERICA)
“a beat that will have you jumping up and down, bass that will take you to another time, and an angsty, lost sound, “Lost Boy” is the band’s garage rock at its best.”
IMPERFECT FIFTH (KANSAS)
“a 10-track blast of high-energy, scrappy punk, singer Miesha Louie wailing like Corin Tucker.”
THE COAST (HALIFAX NS)
“The Calgary based duo channel some Royal Blood and Deap Valley… a bit of a Hives feel (mixing in some Ravonettes for good measure). Miesha & The Spanks show their knack for penning a hooky and melodious rocker with 1950s sensibilities wrapped in a 1990s grunge package.”
PUNK ONLINE (UK)
“a filthy rocket of pure jet-fuel up the nostril, with surf rock sensibilities, a grunge groove and hair metal swagger.”
NOISE JOURNAL (DENVER)
“all at once tough and poetic, from the first tune to the last… quite reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age meets The Animals – a certain coolness about it, making it impossible to forget.”
CANADIAN BEATS (CANADA)
"ATMOSPHERE" - REVIEWS
RELEASED JAN 26 2018
“Their new single “Atmosphere” exemplifies this attitude. Guitars blare out the speakers, with the drums pummeling the listener forward, all the while the infectious hooks rain over you. The track’s filled with glorious harmonic distortion, rising to a true clap along chorus. If this doesn’t wet your appetite for their upcoming LP, well you’ve probably lost your mind, marbles, and possibly all your cognitive abilities. “Atmosphere” is everything you’re looking for in a loud rawk track.”
New Noise Magazine, Any Shrum (US)
“Check out this smashing dose of upbeat, snotty pop-power-punk from Miesha And The Spanks; fast drums, soaring guitars and epic builds are the order of the day here, and while it definitely takes from the established path trodden by the likes of L7 before them, this is catchy enough that many, many people; fans of 90s alt-rock and alternative music, particularly will surely get behind.”
Soundsphere Magazine, Dom Smith (UK)
“On the first single from their upcoming debut album ‘Girls Girls Girls‘ this sizzling two-piece bolide sounds like if Courtney Love‘s hot band Hole is back with a glam grunge stomper. A cracking crasher pushed by dynamite drum hits, spiced with sultry vocals and going totally gaga on the scream-along chorus. Catching stuff to energize your adrenalin flow. You already guessed it: the only way to play this powerful hammerhead is LOUD! Here we go, 1-2-3-4…”
Turn Up The Volume, JL (Belgium)
“Hailing from Calgary is the exciting duo Miesha & The Spanks, who are definitely delivering a high dose of garage rock the way it should be executed. Having worked with drummer and producer Danny Farrant of The Buzzcocks on their ‘Stranger’ EP back in 2016, the Canadian outfit are set to release their forthcoming album Girls Girls Girls this year. One of the songs taken from the new record is their hard rocking track ‘Atmosphere’. Raw to the core, flaring guitar riffs, coinciding with power drumming is the backbone to pop-style stadium chanting hooks and early stage love lyrics. You’ll surely get a boost of energy with this one. Check it out.”
“It’s been a year since we were treated to miesha & the spanks’ two-track Stranger EP. Thankfully, the Calgary-based duo haven’t taken their collective foot off the gas: they just released “Atmosphere,” the first single off their upcoming Girls Girls Girls album. “Atmosphere” follows the same playful tone we’ve come to love and expect from spanks territory, but it’s gone a bit more lo fi, with heavily distorted guitars and crashing symbols—and those wonderfully spunky vocals. The track also plays with tempo and speed… and made us crazy excited for Girls Girls Girls.”
Raz Mataz Magazine, Olivia D’Orazio (Canada)
Dead Tired with Mountain Dust, The Sick Things, and Miesha & the Spanks – Live at Turbo Haüs – June 3rd, 2017 – Montreal, QC
THOMAS GENTIL, BUCKET LIST, JUNE 3 2017
...The two-piece act from Calgary, Alberta consisting of Miesha Louie on the guitar and vocals, and Sean Hamilton on drums... Their raw, minimalistic garage rock was a delight to listen to.
RADIO FEATURE/INTERVIEW: MONCTON NB
JE SHEEHY, CKUM FM, JUNE 15 2017
Interview in English, including French translation.
"miesha & the spanks at cmw 2017"
olivia d'orazio, raz mataz magazine, apr 20, 2017
...Honestly, I just love miesha & the spanks so much. I’ve now seen them twice and they never disappoint—it’s like they don’t know how. On Wednesday night, at the Bovine Sex Club for Canadian Music Week, I saw them for the second time. And it was amazing. The duo’s energy is unfailing. They play with the power of a million musicians – arms flailing, heads thrashing. And their sound is so full that your heart will feel like it’s bursting in your chest....
RADIO FEATURE/INTERVIEW: THUNDER BAY, ON
greg mahood, SONIC BLENDER (LU RADIO), MARCH 26 2017
Miesha Louie talks about the new Miesha and the Spanks release the Strangers EP , chance meetings over stolen beers, and Girls Rock Camp! The interview was first broadcast on the Sonic Blender on CILU Radio in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
"Calgary band Miesha and The Spanks revved up and ready for motorin' with Stranger EP"
Mike bell, calgary herald, october 7 2016
...The result, though, is undeniable, with the songs representing Miesha and The Spanks at their most polished and more accessible. They still rip it up hard and melodic, — Louie forever the mighty, muscle-flexing, sword-cleaving Xena on guitar and vocals, and Hamilton laying down a chunky, steady wall of thunder that threatens to swamp over things — but there’s a spit shine and sheen to things that makes it go down easier...
"Miesha & the Spanks get stranger on new 7”"
BRETT SANDFORD, BEATROUTE, OCTOBER 3 2016
...Throughout the changes and new team behind the project, Louie’s scrappy rock-and-roll beating heart still remains the distinct centerpiece of the sound. Stranger not only serves as an exciting sample size of what to expect from the upcoming Girls, Girls, Girls full-length that the Spanks are expecting deeper into 2017, it also lives on its own as their best work to date...