15 Aug 2020

Miss June live at Roundhead Studios

From RNZ Music, 2:00 pm on 15 August 2020

Auckland punk band Miss June, a four-piece led by singer Annabel Liddell, joined RNZ's Music 101 program for a live session at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studio.

The band debuted in 2015 with their EP Matriachy and released their first full-length album Bad Luck Party last year.

Annabel, who works as a doctor when she's not performing with Miss June, told Charlotte Ryan the band were currently working on new music, despite her demanding day job.

She describes herself as an "abnormal, irregular type doctor", and says working as a doctor and playing music couldn't be more different.

"Being a doctor is being a public servant. It's the same as being in the army or something," she says.

"I don't choose what hours I work, I don't choose where I work, I don't choose in what department I work, I don't get to choose leave, it is extremely un-autonomous - but when I'm on stage, I am completely autonomous."

Miss June performed two of their new songs during the showcase, titled 'TWYA (That's Why You're Alone)' and 'I Think I Hate Myself'.

Miss June hope to have a new release out by the end of the year, but whether that is an EP or LP is yet to be realised.

Fans of their debut album will have something to look forward to as the band leans into the varying genres that make up their sound: "Because the people that have really listened to the album in full will know that there's a lot of different genres on there, there's some really punk stuff, there's some post-punky stuff and then there's some pure pop songs," Annabel says.

"Now it seems almost more polarising in the sense that our pop songs have gotten poppier and our punk songs have gotten heavier, so I don't know how it's going to work but we'll see."

While she's pointed out the obvious ways the fields of medicine and music differ, Annabel says there is one similarity - they both involve "never ending learning".

Miss June

Miss June Photo: supplied

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