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Album Review: Miss June - Bad Luck Party (Frenchkiss Records)

Sam Smith

It is always fantastic to see a band you have seen come up from obscurity through the local indie music scene gain some form of mainstream recognition. Auckland indie rock group Miss June is one of those bands and their debut album Bad Luck Party has the crossover appeal to turn heads outside of the alternative realm.

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Miss June

Having done the hard yards on the Auckland circuit for a few years, Miss June, who are comprised of Annabel Liddell, Tom Leggett, Jun Park, and Chris Marshall, are ready to take the next step in their journey as a band and have a collection of songs under their belt that they have perfected live but translate just as well to record.

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With a sound, I would describe as pop-punk, although not the sort you would associate with Blink 182 or Good Charlotte, this is more sophisticated in many respects... On Bad Luck Party, Miss June draw influence from the likes of The Runaways and other golden-era American guitar bands to deliver a bold meeting of pop and punk.

Songs like Twitch, Best Girl, and Anomaly have an anthemic pop quality to them with infectious sing-a-long choruses, while the likes of Two Hits and Please Waste My Time are snappier and more aggressive in the traditional punk rock mould.

As these stylistic differences show, it is a meeting of two separate musical worlds across the eleven tracks. However, in this instance, on Bad Lucky Party, it is a meeting that works very well indeed in a punk rock arena which more often than not turns away and runs for cover at any sighting of a pop hook.

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Miss June by Imogen Wilson

In a New Zealand rock scene, which at times feels quite samey and stuck in 2002 (yes, The Datsuns were great), Miss June have shown here they have an adventurous streak stylistically which could catch on and attract people who might not necessarily listen to loud distorted guitar music. The hooks are great, Liddell oozes personality as a frontperson, and maybe, just maybe, Bad Luck Party is the start of something for this exciting band.

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Released: 06 Sep 2019

Written By: Sam Smith When he is not writing for Radio 13 Sam works in media and journalism at 95bFM radio and the University of Auckland. He also has is own personal music blog Nowhere Bros.