With their excellent second album We Be XUXA just around the corner, the five members of Mika Miko are likely brimming with anticipation. But unlike their first album C.Y.S.L.A.B.F., XUXA will not be coming out on Kill Rock Stars. In a recent interview with Exclaim!, singer Jennifer Clavin and guitarist Michelle Suarez explain why.
“Honestly, we loved them, and they were so cool to us, and everyone who works there is awesome, but it started to feel like we weren’t fitting in anymore,” Suarez said. “I felt like when we were with them it was always about us being a girl band on Kill Rock Stars, and we weren’t about that at all. It was just a coincidence that we were all girls,” Clavin added. “We didn’t purposely start the band like ‘Ok, girls, we’re gonna start a band! Let’s do this!’ Then when we started getting more recognition it was always like, ‘all-girl punk outfit Mika Miko’ or “riot grrls Mika Miko.’ We never said we were riot grrls.”
Instead, the record will be coming out on 180 gram vinyl courtesy of No Age drummer Dean Spunt’s reliable Post Present Medium imprint.