The seed of a clue had already been planted late last year when Misty Miller appeared on her facebook under the caption “a preview of what’s to come,” dressed in black, sneering at the camera, holding devil horn fingers above her head.
Cut forward to 2012 and five new songs have been whacked up on line. Fans expecting more of the same sentimentally sugary sweet ditties strummed on ukele about romance will probably have had to sit down. Because Misty has formed a band called Slit Lizard, got out the electric guitar and recorded with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. It’s fair to say she's done something of a 180 degree musical turn. Suddenly her songs are embracing the dirty, bluesy, rough, lo-fi world of rock ‘n’ roll.
You can find all of Misty’s new material, (which is a little like a cross breed experiment between The White Stripes and Kitty, Daisy and Lewis) from the sweaty stomp of Lovesick Blues to the lonesome storm of Crushed Velvet over at her Soundcloud. The standout tune for us is the sad slow-burning torch song Horns On, which streams below. “You broke me and now I’m putting my horns on,” Misty sings with some gusto against the backing of a solitary electric guitar. We can’t help but wonder what sadness she’s been through over the last couple of years.
This is a new chapter for Misty Miller and it certainly makes us want to turn the page to see what happens next.
Misty Miller - Horns On