One of the most important and overlooked offshoots of the 90’s grunge movement was a separate genre that called itself “Riot Grrrl”. Yeah, The Breeders, Courntney Love, Shirley Manson and Liz Phair.. et. al.. Music is its loudest megaphone, Riot Grrrl was more of a social movement than a musical one. It was born out of the fusion of punk and grunge music with strident feminist attitudes. These bands exclaimed women’s issues from #MeToo, domestic abuse, female empowerment and the patriarchy surrounding the world of music. Dedicating time to encourage women’s participation in rock and roll. Members of the movement embraced grunge’s DIY ethos by creating  music to promote their causes. Female musicians stormed the punk rock stage to espouse feminist values and protest violence against women. Even to this day Riot Grrrls are activists, publishers and performers. They hold regular meetings and national conferences similar to the feminist discussion and support groups leftover from the last millennium. These forums allowed women to meet and discuss music as well as their mis-experiences of sexism, body image and identity..

Like many politically based music movements, there’s a lot of controversy as to who deserves to be called a “Riot Grrrl” and who doesn’t? More than any movement in rock music  grunge’s inclusive manifesto identified with the feminist movement by fostering greater rock and roll bands with women involved in various capacities. Through these songs girls are finally able to see how their own perspectives fit into larger political issues.

New Zealand rock band, “Miss June” has just released the track, “Best Girl”.. which encompasses rock and roll feminism. It’s their ability to parlay their ethos with engaging music. Its statement is reveled by their charismatic singer, Annabel Liddell. The band formed in 2013 and have enjoyed rave reviews from their native Aukland, New Zealand. They have completed a rigorous tour that included stops in London, New York and Los Angeles…

Their video for  “Best Girl”, Ms. Annabel sports with a slight.. David Bowie.. “Pin-Ups” meets Peter Frampton “Comes Alive”..  mullet hair style.. get the picture? Throughout the video she looks smugly into the camera and sings, “I want to be the best girl who takes on the world…heard a rumor that it’s a boy’s world.. but I hear about that girl.”..The video was masterfully directed by Ch’lita Collins and it goes to show that bands don’t need to come up with some contrived storyboard.

Liddell’s vocals conveys a multitude of fierce emotions without  coming across as  being over melodramatic (a la’ Billie Eyelish) with that geek girl glare .Much kudos to Tom Healy who has been producing Miss June and is currently working with them with an entire album set to drop at the end of Summer. Perhaps the Generation Z will get their knucklehead shit together and realize that Ms. Annable can surely sing from the heart. We love Miss June!

Miss June have been touring England and America which included New York and Los Angeles…