About this show
Saturday, December 12th
folk, rock, real
Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.
“My songs are like the actions that I can’t really take.” So says Mieka Pauley, a refreshingly candid artist whose vagabond background infuses The Science of Making Choices, her new full-length album due on June 26, 2012.
Frequently moving about the country in her formative years, settling down, then uprooting and starting anew: No wonder her messages have a no-time-for-B.S. vibe. While her lyrics are startling–”Never fuck a woman that you don’t love,” “I promise this time I won’t be a psycho,” “I wanna wreck your home/I wanna get your husband alone”–they’re never vindictive. In fact, her confessions invite listeners to admit they share the same inner struggles and desires.
“A lot of it is true from the prospective of me thinking these things. It’s all shit that I went through in my own head, like rocking in the corner,” she says of her songs about retaliation (“First Stone,” “Marked Man”), lust and envy (“Wreck”), desperation (“Another Go”) and brokenhearted disgrace (“Never Fuck a Woman That You Don’t Love”). “But I’ve never tried to kill a man or steal a husband,” she laughs.
Pauley’s career pursuits have helped her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the Starbucks Songwriter Competition and the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest.