Miesha Louie has been fronting various incarnations of this duo for more than a decade but may have hit a peak with this multi-layered rock album that showcases both a deepening song craft and some of the best live-wire guitar riffs you will hear this year.
The musicians and dancers took the stage in Vancouver to celebrate Indigenous talent. Mixed Secwépemc singer Miesha Louie’s band, Miesha and the Spanks, was this year’s Outstanding Indigenous Artist in CBC Music’s Searchlight competition. The rock duo performed their winning song “Dig Me Out.”
Outstanding Indigenous artist: Miesha & the Spanks from Calgary with ‘Dig Me Out.’ Miesha Louie, a mixed-Secwépemc artist living in Treaty 7 territory, and percussionist Sean Adams form this guitar-driven duo, which has supported bands including Queens of the Stone Age and Death From Above 1979.
The only thing better than a band playing a release show in Vancouver on the eve of their new album dropping… is playing that show in a venue two blocks away from me! It’s always nice to stroll down the street for a show at The Lido, especially for someone like Miesha & the Spanks celebrating their new release, Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi, which is out today.
Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi is a triumph for a number of reasons. Of course the songs rock and compel you to sing along. But at a deeper level, this is a remarkably relatable set of songs. And this album is true to life, with the tone of the songs ranging from angry to inspiring to somber to triumphant to reflective to playful. In telling her own story about processing grief, overcoming self-doubt, adapting to change, and finding the things that set her soul on fire, Miesha Louie is telling the story of a lot of people
Today is a very important and exciting day for Miesha & The Spanks. The Canadian alt-rock duo return to release their eagerly-awaited new album Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi, alongside the raucous new single So Mad. It is a thrilling time for the musical project that, after having worked on the fifteen songs that make up this new album, now sees the light and promises to delight its fans all over the world. This latest release continues to consolidate their legacy as one of the more energetic names on the Canadian music scene these last few years.
Miesha And The Spanks jumped out at me as I delved through my weekly editor submissions – plucking the most interesting tracks/albums/artists from the depths of my inbox and adding them onto Joyzine’s bulging reviews list, in a bid to pique the interest of our writers. I hit play on the private stream of the Canadian duo’s Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi album and seemingly forgot where the stop button was located. On first listen, there’s the punchy riot grrrl influence, high energy waves of garage rock and a searing upbeat momentum, but digging down into the lyrical themes reveals outrage, anger and darkness.
CALGARY HERALD: Miesha and the Spanks explore motherhood, heritage, birth and death on Unconditional Love in Hi Fi
Unconditional Love in Hi-Fi is Miesha and the Spanks’ follow-up to 2021’s EP Singles and their first on iconic Vancouver indie label Mint Records, the one-time Canadian home of artists such as Neko Case and the New Pornographers. Louie’s musical partner has been drummer Sean Hamilton since the duo’s 2016 EP The Stranger. The latest release, which came out earlier this week, was recorded in three studios on two continents.
After an incredible run of form these last few months, which has brought enormous praise and acclaim to their recent singles ‘It’s My Year’, ‘Dig Me Out’ and ‘Mom Jeans // Mom Genes’ earlier this year, Canadian duo Miesha & The Spanks are back to release their eagerly-awaited new album Unconditional Love In Hi-Fi on the 14th April, and you can hear it here first.
Gone are the days when artists needed to go into the studio to make a sophisticated recording. While professional studios still very much have a place today’s musical landscape, home recording gear is now more accessible — and better sounding — than ever.