Miesha and the Spanks

The words “produced and mixed by Ian Blurton” are always a comfort, from local favourites the Weakerthans to scads of heavy and mellow artists across our country, he’s the perfect fit for Calgary’s Miesha and the Spanks. Opener “Please Don’t Blow” with its callback of “I won’t be held accountable” sets the tone for this future garage rock classic, while “This Time” has the 60s girl group feel that the Dum Dum Girls and countless others have delivered. What sets the simplicity of these ten tracks apart from the other female fronted acts is that it sounds like a lost Phil Spector/Ramones session from End of the Century - it’s so fucking hooky and layered without being pop that it almost hurts. It’s not all sweet, though - for diversity, fans of Ladyhawk and Black Mountain should check out “Song 10” (actually track 5) because it is heavy.

Published in Volume 68, Number 4 of The Uniter (September 25, 2013)

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