“Antevert my uterus and birth you all / Anarchy can only be about a girl,” sings Miss June vocalist and guitarist Annabel Liddell, who’s putting her medical degree to good use with terms like “antevert”.
Released in May into a world where the Alabama abortion ban was just signed into law, which prompted renewed conversations about the place of abortion in New Zealand’s Crimes Act, “Best Girl’ is a raging anthem reasserting female self-ownership. Nicki Minaj often likes to employ a motif of birthing people she has dominion over in the rap game (“All these bitches is my sons”). Miss June’s lyric, “Antevert my uterus and birth you all”, is a rousing declaration of dominion over ourselves and our worth, even if others don’t agree.
Liddell calls Miss June a “high energetic four-piece band with elements of punk and rock and no wave and sometimes even a little pop.” For a generation where whispery vocals paired with synthetic beats and an indifferent attitude has been the style du jour, the Auckland band’s unabashed belting and earnest statements feel like a splash of cool water. The band is fresh off a world tour and now playing shows in Wellington and Auckland for the release of their debut album Bad Luck Party. Punk is alive and it’s in New Zealand.
Wellington: San Fran Bath House, Sep 6
Auckland: Auckland, Galatos, Sep 7