Miranda Winters is the front woman and guitarist of the Chicago based band Melkbelly. After a handful of singles and the release of the Pennsylvania EP, the band issued their debut full length Nothing Valley in 2017 to critical acclaim. The record was the first release from Wax Nine, a subsidiary of Carpark Records headed by Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz (and features "Cawthra," easily one of the raddest songs of last year). Melkbelly were named a "Band To Watch" by Stereogum and an "Artist of the Month" by Consequence of Sound who described Nothing Valley as "an album equally comfortable in lingering tones as it is toothy screams, classic hooks, and decimated noise." The Chicago Reader described them as a cross between the Breeders and Lightning Bolt and stated "Front woman and guitarist Miranda Winters sings with flair, her vocals veering from sweet and coy to sinister and fierce - and onstage she sounds positively battle ready, her unhinged caterwaul blending in a strange sort of harmony with Melkbelly's erratic, forceful racket." In recent months, they have completed support tours with The Breeders, Bully, and Protomartyr and just wrapped up a Spring European tour. They will also appear at the Pitchfork Music Festival this Summer on July 20th. This is Miranda Winters' Fidelity High: Talking Heads // Little Creatures // Sire Records // 1985. Miranda says, "When we were little high school punks, growing up in Providence, we used to eat pizza, smoke and listen to cassettes in this hidden bit of the RISD campus after school. On one of those afternoons, my friend Kelley slapped her Walkman's headphones over my ears and introduced me to And She Was by the Talking Heads, while I was lying in the grass no less. A couple days later when I was record hunting at Salvation Army, there was a copy of Little Creatures and it felt kismet. I would lay on my bedroom floor with the record cover about an inch from my face studying every little bit while the songs played. For at least two months this record got flipped over and over again (only getting a rest while side A of Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. was playing). In Little Creatures, 16 year old me found just the right amount of strange/romantic narrative and confusing energy to feed my brain. This record is one of the first cemented into my musical foundation. 5 stars!!!!"
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