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Miesha & The Spanks – Interview


Miesha & The Spanks – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: What type of artist are you?

M&TS: We’ve always summed things up by calling ourselves Garage-rock. Sometimes we’re a little louder and sometimes we pop it up a little more.

 

PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

M&TS: I started singing in punk bands when I was maybe 14, until my last band broke up in late 2007. The next year I picked up guitar and started my own band, Miesha & The Spanks. I went through a lot of band mates while I toured too much and figured out how to play the music I was shooting for basically loud rock & roll. Sean started jamming with  me in 2015 and that’s when stuff really started happening. He likes to tour like I like to tour, we have a great chemistry both on stage and in the van, and he really challenges my skills and songwriting. Together we made Stranger EP, Girls Girls Girls, and are working on our next EP. We’ve been coast to coast here in Canada so many times, to the UK, and would’ve also played the US and EU in an alternate timeline without Covid-19. Next year! Right??

 

PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

M&TS: I reach back a lot into music I loved as a kid- riot grrrl and grunge, old punk rock. But I love a good hook, like a motown hook. I think about all of this while I write.

 

PD: What are your dreams and goals?

M&TS: We’re already living the mini version, so- bigger tours, bigger festivals, bigger records. 

 

PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

M&TS: We write the music together, but I’ll usually bring the bones of a song to jam for us to work it out. Lyric-wise is all me, and I write a lot about personal experience. My life took some serious turns this last year, especially as a new mom of twins. Our new songs draw from that, but also what it means to be a mixed-Indigenous woman in Canada today, and inspiration from the young feminists I work with at Girls Rock Camp Calgary.

 

PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

M&TS: Usually by playing shows all the time- touring and festivals are a pig part of how we promote ourselves. But things have changed! We still have the radio which has always shown us a lot of support (SiriusXM, CBC, campus/community) and of course streaming like Spotify.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

M&TS: When you’re an emerging artist, I think any way to share and get your music out there is beneficial.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

M&TS: There’s this new NOBRO song I keep hearing on the radio, I don’t even know what it’s called. I love it. I wish I wrote that one.

 

PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

M&TS: I can’t believe it still happens, but I can’t stand being mansplained to. When a dude, particularly a stranger, takes it upon themselves to assume you need them to tell you how to do something… c’mon buddy. I’ve learned a lot from men and women I look up to in music, there’s always stuff to learn, but don’t teach an uninvited lesson.

 

PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

M&TS: When our last album hit #1 on the Earshot! National Loud Charts. That was pretty effing rad. Then one of our singles hit #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown! We’re really proud of that last album, Girls Girls Girls.

 

PD: So what are you working on at the moment? 

M&TS: We’ve just released Unstoppable, the first single from our EP that won’t be out until Spring… because we’re still working on it! Covid delayed everything for everybody, and we’re lucky that Unstoppable and one more song, SOS, were finished tracking right before. We’re back in the studio this week and next to record 4 more songs, and then polishing them up and choosing which one to release next, all while trying to safely re-book all our 2020 tours into 2021.

 

PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?

M&TS: Our whole catalogue (for better or worse) is up on our bandcamp page, including our new single Unstoppable – http://mieshathespanks.bandcamp.com

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