So, what do we know about Miss June…? They toured Oceania with IDLES which means they’ll have UK fans regardless of their sound, but in honesty they truly deserved that slot and the fans; they’re sarcastic and humorous using @ihatemissjune as their account name on Twitter and Instagram and they signed off our recent interview with band slogan “You’re either team Miss June or you can fuck off mate” and lastly they’ve dropped 4 banging singles from their new album Bad Luck Party, so when the album dropped in our inbox we couldn’t wait to get it on. And here’s what we thought…

The album opens tracks 1 and 2- the first double single they released off the album. It’s an understandable choice of singles; they’re both bangers, possibly even the best tracks off the album! Fear not, just because these two sum up party punk with a side condiment of grunge this doesn’t mean the album disappoints in the slightest, far from it.

“This is Miss June, it ain’t no Bad Luck Party but it will fuck you up!”

Bursting in with track 3 is riot grrrl soundclash Two Hits featuring opening lyric “I can do anything for a reason, even if the reason is fucking you up.” Miss June are here to fuck you up in the mosh in the best possible way; think of the gigs where one second you’re throwing someone across the room and the next you’re hugging them and screaming back the words. This is Miss June, it ain’t no Bad Luck Party but it will fuck you up!

“[Anomaly, Orchid and Double Negative] show a different side to the band proving [Miss June’s] range is more than riot grrrl grunge.”

Miss June took a careful approach choosing Anomaly to be the final single off the campaign, it shows a different side to the band proving their range is more than riot grrrl punk. With slacker, dream-grunge verses and mid paced choruses the closest notable influence is Wolf Alice. The sound continues into follow up tracks Orchid and Double Negative which both tackle the inner thoughts of Annabel Liddell. These waves continue to be a intermittent theme throughout the rest of the album.

“[Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna] will be proud to see her legacy continued in Miss June.”

Enemies chronologically is the last single to feature on the album which features a riff that isn’t a million miles off of Foo Fighters All My Life, it’s sheer purpose is to get you throwing yourself around; “you’re either Miss June or you can fuck off mate.” The album moves on to the barbed lyrics of Aquarium: “Last thing I wanna do is hurt you but it’s still on the list” and later in the album the track named Please Waste My Time. Both tracks let you as a reader picture their sound without hearing them; they’re charged, brutal and optimise the above-mentioned team slogan. Bad Luck Party does not have a bad track on it, it’s sound and track order moves the listener carefully through a variety of complimenting moods and styles. Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna set the stage for “girls to the front” in the 90s and she will be proud to see her legacy continued in Miss June.

9/10

Out Friday 6th of September on Frenchkiss Records.

Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31

Full 2019 Bad Luck Party Tour Dates:
September 6th – San Fran Bath House – Wellington
September 7th – Galatos – Auckland
September 11th – The Vanguard – Sydney
September 18th – Maze – Berlin
September 19th – Blue Shel – Cologne
September 20th – Reeperbahn Festival – Hamburg
September 23rd – Cinetol – Amsterdam
September 24th – Trix – Antwerp
September 28th – The Flapper – Birmingham
September 29th – Yes – Manchester
September 30th – Headrow House – Leeds
October 1st – Poetry Club – Glasgow
October 2nd – Sneaky Pete’s – Edinburgh
October 5th – Tiny Rebel – Cardiff
October 6th – Port Mahon – Oxford
October 7th – Rough Trade, Bristol
October 9th – Latest Music, Brighton
October 10th – The Lexington, London

October 14th – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
October 15th – Once – Boston, MA
October 16th – DC9 – Washington, DC
October 17th – Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
October 19th – Velvet Underground – Toronto, ON
October 21st – Subterranean – Chicago, IL
October 23rd – The Basement – Nashville, TN
October 24th – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
October 27th – Bronze Peacock – Houston, TX
October 28th – Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX
November 1st – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
November 2nd – Morrocan – Los Angeles, CA
November 4th – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA

IN FOR QUESTIONING: Miss June; “Instead Of Trying To ‘Break The Glass Ceiling” [As Women] We Need To Construct Buildings Of Our Own.”

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