With an unrivaled fury, Calgary’s Miesha & The Spanks have dropped “Dig Me Out,” a glam-punk rock epic with a disheartening message. The track is all about the 2021 discovery of 215 unmarked graves of children who attended a Kamloops Indian Residential School. This sparked a cry out for more unmarked graves to be searched for and dug up. For months, something that is still going on even a year later, many dig teams have discovered more bodies and the number continues to rise. “Dig Me Out” is a placeholder for one of Canada’s darkest parts of history. It should be taught in Canadian history lessons.
The track is sung from the perspective of the children, but also the citizens who read the news on a daily. Miesha screams “I Can’t Read The Pages,” in an almost riot grrl tone, but also very reminiscent of someone like Juliette Lewis and The Licks. It’s a heavy song and powerful, with blistering guitar work and motorik drum fills, coming from an artist’s perspective—something we need to truly reconcile and remember the tortured past of our country.
The music video is also coated in orange, the primary colour for missing Indigenous children, and has a number counter, documenting the number of bodies found that the news craze was writing about. This ongoing news cycle was and still is especially triggering for Miesha, as her grandmother was a survivor of a residential school.
“This was news to a lot of the world, but every Indigenous person has known what really happened at these “schools” all their lives, and suddenly it was everywhere you looked,” says Miesha Louie, a mixed-Secwépemc artist.
“Dig Me Out” is a form of punk rock catharsis for Miesha, but also acts as a reminder that even though Canada is a great place to live, it wasn’t always. We have many skeletons in our closets.
Miesha & The Spanks have played shows with Queens Of The Stone Age, Death From Above 1979, Hot Snakes, Propagandhi, Pack AD, White Lung, Reignwolf, and more.
All sales from the single will go directly to the Indian Residential School Survivors’ Society, an organization with a twenty-year history of providing services to residential school survivors.
Miesha & The Spanks
2022 Live Dates
June 25 – Sakihiwe festival – Central Park, Winnipeg, MB
June 30-July 3 – Alianait Arts Festival (multiple performances) – Iqaluit, Nunavut
July 21 – The Lido, Vancouver, BC – w/ Strange Breed
July 24 – Constellation Music Festival – Squamish, BC
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