Monday Music Pick: Miesha & the Spanks Album Release

Miesha & the Spanks album release Friday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m. Broken City, 613 11th Ave. S.W. Cover charge: $9 For Miesha Louie, this week’s release of her band’s new 10-track set, “Girls, Like Wolves”, is the end of a process that would put anyone’s patience to the test. Recorded…

Miesha & the Spanks album release
Friday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m.
Broken City, 613 11th Ave. S.W.
Cover charge: $9

For Miesha Louie, this week’s release of her band’s new 10-track set, “Girls, Like Wolves”, is the end of a process that would put anyone’s patience to the test. Recorded last October in a cabin in Kananaskis, the album was mixed and mastered by early 2013, but various factors pushed the release date from March to May, then to July, and finally to Aug. 20.

“I’ve never sat on a record so long,” Louie says. “A lot has happened since we finished recording, including Halifax Pop Explosion, Canadian Music Week, NXNE, Sled Island and the Revival Tour, all aimed at promoting this record. I hope it’s worth the wait.”

It is. Produced by industry veteran Ian Blurton, the package is a straight-up blast of wall-to-wall rock ‘n’ roll. Louie’s massive guitars meet head-on with drummer Stu Bota’s mastodon wallop, giving many of the tracks an expansive, almost classic-rock, feel.

“The huge sound on this record is partially the gear I’ve been using this last year (Gibson Firebird guitars and a Marshall JCM800 amplifier) and largely the production style of Ian Blurton,” Louie says. “He really knows how to bring it out.

“I’ve been building my sound a lot over the last two years, since the Gods of Love album (released in 2011), and I’ve been shooting in a more straight-ahead, powerful rock direction. Blurton helped me pull that off.”

“Girls, Like Wolves” is available now from iTunes, and on vinyl at Sloth Records, 36 17th Ave. S.W., and Dick & Janes, 831 17th Ave. S.W.

Miesha & the Spanks‘ official album release show Friday at Broken City will also feature Toronto’s The Balconies and Calgary bands Napalmpom and Sequicons.

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