Album Review: Miesha and The Spanks- Unconditional Love in Hifi

‘Unconditional Love in Hi Fi’ is the fifth album from Canadian duo Miesha and the Spanks, and I’m left wondering how I’ve never come across this dynamic band before. But I’m so glad I’ve come across them now, and this album is a corker that I’m playing on repeat.

‘Unconditional Love in Hi Fi’ is a rock n roll assault of an album, hitting you senseless with stomper after stomper. The whole album is filled with anthems and a determined mission to rock your socks off. I’m particularly in love with ‘Grls r ok’, a new feminist anthem in the making with a chorus that will stick in your head for days. Comparisons have been made with the riot grrrl movement of the nineties and it’s easy to see why, the same defiant attitude is the heartbeat behind this album. 

Fellow Joyzine writer Mandy, recently spoke to Miesha who gave her insights into every track of the album, and having read what she had to say, I’m even more in love with this band, and this album. The defiance I felt from the music and is clear from what she had say. Feminist rage is covered in the song ‘So Mad’-” Miesha explains: “So Mad is about the day to day of what women deal with – from losing autonomy of our bodies as the US slowly revokes laws surrounding abortion and birth control, to being able to safely walk home at night – and the expectation that we can’t be too angry about it, and to just… smile more”

There is also support for indigenous communities on ‘Dig Me Out’ -Miesha said “The recording is taken from the pope’s recent apology to Indigenous communities for the horrors of residential school. I wrote Dig Me Out before that apology, to process my own grief and anger after the initial 215 children were found on the grounds of the T’kemlups residential school site – where my grandmother attended – and what sparked a search of many more school sites and discovering many more children. I wrote it in the form of a rock song because I was shocked at how many people didn’t know these schools existed once the news broke about the children, and I wanted people to realize they were much closer to this reality than they thought. “

You can read Mandy’s article here for even more awesomeness from Miesha.

‘Unconditional Love in Hifi’ was released 14th April via Mint Records and you can buy it on Bandcamp

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Article by Hayley Foster da Silva

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