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Miyha, Double Grave, Sass

  • Good Style Shop 817 East Johnson Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

Madison band Miyha kicks off a short tour as it works on material for a new record. Info

  Photo by Chris Leo.

Photo by Chris Leo.

Ever since its formation in late 2016, the emo-influenced indie rock band Miyha has been a fascinating and resonant entity within local music. The group is essentially a vehicle for singer/guitarist Alejandra Perez (ex-Automatically Yours, Tarpaulin), but nimble lead guitarist Mike Pellino (also of Tippy, We Should've Been DJ's and Christian Dior) makes crucial, atmospheric contributions as well. Miyha's playing on the 2017 EP Happy Birthday, Nick (a reference to now-departed bassist Nick Hoffman) is energetic and continually pushes forward, and Erik Fredine's sprinting drumming imparts a lot of motion to music that could easily have been sluggish otherwise. But their ensemble performance continually, and intriguingly, contrasts with Perez's singing. Her casually tuneful voice sounds practically smothered with malaise at times, and the regret that she frequently touches on feels lived-in.

The tension between the buoyancy of the band and the moroseness of Perez's delivery and diaristic lyrics adds a lot of powerful ambiguity to already well-crafted songs, and it's hard to get a handle on what songs like "Raspberry Kombucha" or "92/69/39 (Ryan Adams)" actually want to do about their subjects. That messy indecision between an almost tangible need to move on from past relationships gone wrong and hyper-specific emotional headshots is the psychological space where the material lives, and it's an uncertain, interesting, and promising perspective to capture.

Recently, the band has been working on a full-length with new bassist Kyle Kohl, and are using this show as a kickoff for a Minnesota mini-tour. Appropriately, they're joined here by two acts from Minneapolis: the moody, smart, postpunk-flavored Double Grave and the animated, pop punk-inflected indie-pop band Sass. The event is happening at Good Style Shop, a well-loved vintage clothing store that (very) occasionally puts on shows. —Mike Noto

Earlier Event: November 15
Jacy Reese (free)
Later Event: November 15
Jon Mueller