Loud, sweaty, sweet rock n roll- Miesha & The Spanks are two of Calgary AB's busiest road junkies. Miesha Louie (guitar/vox) and Sean Hamilton’s (drums) brand of garage rock sits somewhere between the timeless jam of The Runaways and scrappiness of The Gits, with just enough influence from 50s girl-group romanticism to catch a case of pop sensibility. They’re explosive together on stage, and their upcoming album ‘Girls Girls Girls,’ produced by Paul Rawson and Danny Farrant (of The Buzzcocks) promises to put that on record. Miesha & The Spanks are at their best spilling out of their van and onto a stage after a real long drive.
It was a chance meeting with Danny Farrant at Sled Island Music Festival that led to their collaboration, first with 'Stranger EP,' cited by Mike Bell (Calgary Herald) as “representing Miesha and The Spanks at their most polished and more accessible." The EP sets the stage for ‘Girls Girls Girls,’ offering a taste of what’s still to come: ten songs with the impassioned songwriting fans are used to, but imbued with a new visceral energy and unbridled electricity.
Miesha & The Spanks have toured coast to coast many times, with additional performances at NXNE, Halifax Pop Explosion, Sled Island, Canadian Music Week, and BreakOut West. They have shared the stage with Queens of The Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Hot Snakes, Nashville Pussy, Imperial State Electric, Pack AD, C’mon, Bison BC, Hot Hot Heat and many more amazing bands.
Ali Murray is an ethereal folk songwriter/musician from the cold isle of Lewis in the north of Scotland. He writes dark atmospheric folk music with lush sweeping dreamy soundscapes and Celtic-twinged instrumentation. His new album LAND OF EVERGONE strikes a balance that is intimate and soaring, peaceful and haunting, sad and quietly joyful, delicately reverberating with Murray's dreamy voice and guitar playing.
Orellana is a neo-classical/post-rock collective hailing from Bristol, UK. Their new album “52”, released in late December, brought in the new year with it’s explosive and intricate sound. The project’s music transcends genre definitions in order to focus on a broad, diverse concept that is more emotional than tangible. This particular release is full of rich and diverse arrangements, but it is also a powerful exercise in minimalism, one that showcases the strength of very few notes placed in the right spots. The simplicity of the arrangement is actually one of the strongest aspects of this entire release: there’s a palpable stillness created by the long, drone notes in the background, which almost makes you feel like the world is happening in slow motion. When the chords and notes change, it feels quite monumental due to the beautiful contrast between the stillness of the background textures and the expressive sound of the guitar-based melodies.