Miesha and The Spanks’ Stranger EP is short and feisty. Arriving at the Discorder office as a 7-inch in a colourful jacket with juxtaposing A-side and B-side covers, it is a loud introduction to a couple singles by the Calgary duo.
A-side is a semi-narrative single, “Stranger.” The chorus is contagious with cyclical lyrics: “I wanna love love love love love / I wanna love love love love love / I wanna love love love love love like nobody else.” It is a well produced punk rock song, perhaps begging for garage punk status.
“Motorin’” is the B-side track with sharper and more defiant lyrics. Miesha Louie baits, “Well try to turn it on, turn it on, turn it on, turn it on, come on,” carried by the energetic drumming of Sean Hamilton. It ends suddenly with a wisp of guitar feedback, and the record needle lifts.
I am left wondering if Miesha and The Spanks isn’t a one-trick pony. “Stranger” and “Motorin’” are both fine songs, but for a two-song EP the repetition is overkill. Can Miesha and The Spanks write an earworm without relying on repetitive lyrics? We’ll soon find out — they plan to release a full album in 2017. Hold hold holdin’ our breath…