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INTERVIEW: Miesha & The Spanks

Hi Miesha, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thank you! I’ve been great- and busy- releasing our first couple of singles has been super exciting, but right now we’re about a week off from touring from Calgary to the East coast and back. Every day between now and then is nuts!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost Boy”?

Lost Boy is probably my favourite on the album, which is funny because it’s sort of doomy. I like the doomy sound though, the drums and the thick sludgy bass are key.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I kept the lyrics simple, because I think the feeling of being lost and left behind is an experience nearly everyone has had and I like when people can relate to one another. My father’s side of the family were just few of a great many aboriginal people given up on when they didn’t seamlessly slide into mainstream (white) society. I imagined what it must be like to be in societal limbo.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We’re finishing up production on a video for our last single “Atmosphere,” so we probably won’t have a chance to shoot before summer!

The single comes off your new album Girls, Girls, Girls – what’s the story behind the title?

The “Girls Girls Girls” concept first happened when my friend Emelia was playing drums back in 2014/15. We started throwing #GirlsGirlsGirls on all our band activity on social media, planning to write an album to follow suit. She ended up moving to the West coast and Sean joined full time, but we kept it going because it became clear it wasn’t just about me and my band. There’s a million amazing women in my life and in the world, really, with stories and experiences.

How was the recording and writing process?

We flew to the UK to record with Danny Farrant and Paul Rawson in the middle of our two and a half month cross Canada tour last spring/summer. It was a funny time to throw in a solid ten days of studio work but it was great because we were so far from home and any distractions that we were able to dive right in. The bones of the songs were all there before we went in, but re-arranging the songs was a big part of our recording process. The days were all super long, we barely saw any of Brighton while we were there, and then it was right back to tour when we were done.

What was it like to work with Paul Rawson and Danny Farrant and how did that relationship develop?

I met Danny when The Buzzcocks played Sled Island Music Festival here in Calgary. I ended up showing him around Calgary and he came to our showcase and even hung out with  me and my mom. I got an e-mail a few months later to record some vocals for him and Paul. The two of them write songs for film and television and hired me to sing on a few. Some that I worked on ended up in Vampire Diaries and Being Human. Eventually we decided to do an album together!

How much did they influence the album?

They played a big part in actualizing our vision for the songs. They really challenged us to write and play better, to make a better song in the end.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Usually I write from my own experiences, but on this album I pulled from other sources, mostly observing and trying a new perspective. I love singing along to my favourite music, so I have a tendency to write what others could jump in on too.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are about to head out on a coast to coast Canadian tour that will take up most of March and April. I’d love to go overseas and am currently working on setting something up for the UK and EU.

What else is happening next in Miesha & The Spanks’ world?

I think for the rest of 2018 we eat and breathe Girls Girls Girls, along with some touring and festivals!

Listen to ‘Lost Boy’ here: https://soundcloud.com/mandthespanks/lost-boy-1/

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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