“Anarchy can only be about a girl”
Not exclusively a teenage riot but, instead, a riot for the age and for all ages.
A blistering fusion of noise and melody, of rage and some form of romance, of chaos and beauty.
In short “Bad Luck Party” is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Vocalist Annabel Liddell is channelling the spirit of Kurt Cobain, Thurston Moore, Kathleen Hanna and still manages to sound like something, and someone, utterly unique, gloriously original and determinedly her own person, her own vision of who, and what, a rock and roll singer should be…but that so few are.
“I want to be the one who takes on the world” is how Liddell defines the Miss June mission statement in “Best Girl”, a song about a girl that she describes as “A girl that’s a gun, a burning sun and an anomaly to me”
This is the sound of a bad luck party and despite what Liddell says…she isn’t the only one who is winning. With songs this jagged, this tight, this driven and this infectious you cannot escape the feeling that you have stumbled across one of those rare bands who, whisper it, matter.
One of the real joys of “Bad Luck Party” is the way in which Liddell’s lyrics veer from the profound and political to the surreal and, at times, hilarious. “Anomaly” includes this nugget; “Build me a bridge, to help me get over it, I can’t swim, I broke both of my legs, trying to find, some common ground”. If we are all being honest with one another then we would have to acknowledge that if one of the big “boys” had written something as great as that they would be receiving an Ivor Novello award.
There are moments when the spirit of Riot Grrrrl lurches from the background to the foreground with a level of force that sends you reeling. “Please Waste My Time” is one minute and forty six seconds of the sort of controlled, uncontrollable, rage that infused the likes of Bikin Kill and the glorious Huggy Bear. It’s thrash metal with an injection of melody that results in the best punk song you’ve heard in a long while. It’s not the only time that Riot Grrrrl, and Kathleen Hanna in particular, is referenced and that, in case you were wondering, is a very good thing. At times, like on album closer “Polio”, you can even hear a teeny, tiny, piece of one of my favourite bands of that era, The Voodoo Queens.
The sound of Miss June is the result of incredible playing from guitarist Jun Park, alongside Liddell, and a rhythm section of Chris Marshall on bass and Tom Leggett on drums. Together they build a wall of sound that is capable of reducing buildings to rubble and your legs to jelly. This isn’t music to be played at anything other than maximum volume. What is noticeable is the fact that despite the power and the force the most important thing to everyone here is impact and that only comes through melody…iron fist, velvet glove. Or something.
In a world populated by “artists” who seem content with doing little save for acoustic, folky, ironic cover versions, cynically recorded to find a spot of some Spotify “Sunday Morning Chill” playlist or to be picked up by an advertising agent as the soundtrack to a campaign for washing up liquid, Miss June are the sound of a return to music that is vital and urgent.
With a run time of around thirty minutes “Bad Luck Party” is short and bitter sweet. It’s a rage against all sorts of machines. It’s music to inspire people to pick up instruments and then to wield them like weapons. Chaotic for sure…but it is that chaos that makes this thrilling, compelling and compulsive listening.
“Bad Luck Party” is out on September 6th on French Kiss Records.
They will be touring the UK throughout September and October at the following venues;
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