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The Revival, Miesha and the Spanks at the Gateway

Sunday 17th, January 2016 / 08:17
By Andrea Hrynyk
Miesha and the Spanks and The Revival rocked the Gateway on January 15, 2016. Photo: Andrea Hrynyk

Miesha and the Spanks and The Revival rocked the Gateway on January 15, 2016.
Photo: Andrea Hrynyk

January 15, 2015

CALGARY — Calgary garage-rock duo Miesha and the Spanks and five-piece Winnipeg electro-rock band The Revival filled the minds of the small but engaged crowd with energetic, catchy tunes on Friday, January 15th at the Gateway.

Miesha and the Spanks kicked off the show with an older alternative feel, reminding this reviewer of the vocal stylings of Brody Dalle from The Distillers and like a less punky version of the powerful Bikini Kill vocalist, Kathleen Hanna.

The pair played a 30-minute set filling it with about nine toe-tapping, head-banging songs.

The headliners came out with a powerful force of electronic beats mixed with a solid hard rock sound, making the crowd interested right off the bat.

They played a 14-track set, including a drum solo and two covers: Wolfmother’s popular decade-old track, “Joker and the Thief,” and Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” — both of which were covered beautifully.

Lead vocalist, Kevin Hogg, was energetic and a joy to watch and listen to from start to finish and filled the set with long, impressive notes and several head bangs and hair flips.

At the end of the loud, energetic show, the crowd seemed pleased, hanging out and buzzing about the show they just watched. The bands made a good impression and the crowd probably would have hung around if the show was an hour longer.

Miesha and the Spanks and The Revival rocked the Gateway on January 15, 2016. Photo: Andrea Hrynyk

Miesha and the Spanks and The Revival rocked the Gateway on January 15, 2016.
Photo: Andrea Hrynyk

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