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By Shelby Smithey

What is a Crunk Witch, you ask? If you’re thinking Lil Jon in a coven, you’re wrong.

Rather, Crunk Witch is an 8-bit electro-pop duo from Presque Isle, Maine, who will be in town to play a show at Sluggo’s Tuesday.

Wife and husband, Hannah Colleen and Brandon Miles, formed the band six years ago and write self-professed nerdy electro-pop about romance, adventure and rocket ships.

“We met on Myspace (cheesy, we know) and we’ve been nearly inseparable since,” Miles said. “We married in 2009 and thus began the surreal journey that has been Crunk Witch.”

To date, Crunk Witch has released three full-length albums. Their latest “Heartbeats in Hyperspace” was released in 2014. Miles and Colleen do all the writing together in their home studio, but when they play live, Miles sings and Colleen runs all the electronics.

“A lot of our relationship and life has inspired our music, which then influences our relationship, and so on,” Miles said. “Learning compromise, patience, and how to support each other creatively and emotionally is very important. It’s exciting. She inspires me to be a better person and I truly admire her big heart.”

Their music is a blend of pop, rock, chiptune, and various electronic genres and many of their lyrics are set in a science fiction reality. They spend nearly half a year on the road playing a variety of venues including comic cons, arcades, festivals, and bars, and are known for their laser light show during live performances.

“I always loved anything that took place in space,” Miles said. “Whether it was cartoons, video games, or movies, it didn’t matter so long as it was magical.”

Miles said that his interest in sci-fi and its deeper meanings are reflected in his writing.

“The thing that always impacted me about sci-fi was the reminder that no matter where we are in the universe, at some level, someone is dealing with similar problems as us,” Miles said. “While we’re pointing fingers and complaining, someone’s out there rising to the challenges in front of them. I’ve always found this motivating, and I’ve used it in my writing.”

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