Miesha & The Spanks are a high octane garage rock duo from Calgary, AB, made up of rock ‘n roll matriarch Miesha Louie and her partner in crime, the hardest hitting Sean Hamilton on drums. Together they draw inspiration from classics like The Runaways, L7, and The Buzzcocks to create some modern noise that’s catchy enough to raise a fist and sing along.
Miesha & The Spanks have been camping out at the Rebeltone Ranch, Leeroy Stagger’s hand-built studio in Lethbridge AB, working on their March 2021 release SinglesEP. While the Covid-19 pandemic did slow down production, MATS have put their full weight behind first single “Unstoppable“ – a juggernaut garage rock banger, reminding us that sometimes head first, full throttle, is the only way to get it done.
We’ve always moved fast, with releases, tour dates, festivals, in an ongoing cycle without losing momentum. I decided to procreate last year and we had to modify a lot of our routine. Our last show was 5 months into my pregnancy in the UK and we left the summer for writing/recording, which didn’t really happen because I ended up with a twins pregnancy and my brain pretty much turned off. Slowing down like that felt crazy. This song came from a place of talking myself back into that momentum.
With this whole idea of just going for it, seeing an idea through and being unstoppable, there’s this other part tied to that where we fall down, or crash, or just burn out unsuccessfully. If that’s what happens, which for me it definitely has, it’s also pretty beautiful. Shooting stars are crashing meteors burning up in our atmosphere, and we make wishes when we see them. Of course, your dreams are going to take hard work and focus, but that doesn’t guarantee anything. If you put yourself out there, you’re taking a huge leap, and that’s the stuff that dreams are made of.
– Miesha Louie
Next year’s Singles EP is a mixtape of the best music Miesha & The Spanks have been brewing, since Miesha‘s maternity leave and the Covid-19 pandemic. Miesha herself has a whole new set of life experiences to draw inspiration. She’s a new mother of twins. She’s reconnecting to her Secwepemc roots and adapting to what it means to be mixed Indigenous in Canada today. She’s a founder, board member, and mentor at Girls Rock Camp Calgary, empowering adolescent cis, trans, and non-binary girls. Of course, she’s also a lover, and there’s no escaping a great song about that.