The last time I saw Miesha Louie she was sitting at the table next to me during a panel discussion of touring Europe on the second (and as it turns out last) day of Sled Island this year. I mean, she didn’t know I was sitting next to her. She wouldn’t have known me from a whole in the ground. But I’ve definitely been paying attention to her and her band over the last couple of years.
And then I got an email to stream the new album from her group Miesha And the Spanks, “Girls, Like Wolves”, which will be out on August 20 (Saved By Vinyl), and I have to tell you, it’s freaking extraordinary. M+TS have gone through a number of evolutionary stages, if you will, alt-country to “twangy rockers (to) punky scrappers” as the presser says, and it seems they’ve landed pretty perfectly as a noise rock duo, somewhat akin to The Pack A.D.
The album was recorded on the lower lake of Kananaskis country, powered by an old CBC truck converted into a studio by friend and elite engineer Josh Gwilliam (Pilot Audio). Ian Blurton also joined the trio for six nights of music, saunas, and fires to manage the insanity and arrangements.
Now, you should just trust me and go pre-order the album for yourself right now (remind me to check if they have a deluxe package for myself, I’d love a signed copy of this one), but in the meantime you can stream “Please Don’t Blow” below, which is the opening track on the stellar album. There’s a handful of dates where you can check them out live, too.
PS – why in the world do I keep wanting to put the ‘e’ before the ‘I’ in her name? Dammit.