There aren’t many things better than discovering a new artist whose music you instantly connect with. Whether they’re touring the nation making their name or supporting big acts globally, we’re here to put a spotlight on the musically-gifted people with a bright future ahead of them. This week, we’re introducing you to US electro-pop band, MUNA
For Fans Of: Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House, Shura
Essential Listening: ‘I Know A Place’, ‘Number One Fan’, ‘It’s Gonna Be Okay, Baby’
The world has never been more in need of defiant, yet empathetic role models who aren’t afraid to use their platform to fight injustice, so when MUNA emerged onto the scene with queer anthem, ‘I Know A Place’, mere months after Trump was elected into power, it couldn’t have been better timing. Now, with two albums under their belt, a support tour with Harry Styles and a cult of fans who adore the “sad soft pop music for sissies, angry girls, emo queers and crybabies”, that the LA-based trio have become known for making, MUNA have been continuing to save the world one euphoric dark-pop anthem at a time.
The band are the first to admit that they grew up feeling like they didn’t particularly fit in, but when their lives came together at University of Southern California, Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin soon realised that they shared a bubbling anger at the state of the world. That feeling, coupled with an innate punk spirit when it came to tackling their own personal hardships (and let’s not forget, some incredible musical talent), culminated in the formation of MUNA.
Fast forward a few years and the band were snapped up by RCA Records in 2016 whilst they were still finishing college and debut album, About U, quickly came the following year. Seamlessly intertwining personal and societal struggles throughout their lyrics, MUNA offered an unfortunately rare, yet unfiltered and unapologetic view into queer life in America.
Following the album and very fresh out of college, Harry Styles handpicked MUNA to support him on his world tour in 2017, a huge turning point for this queer-pop trio who were suddenly thrust into life with a jetsetting superstar, playing huge rooms and gaining validation from adorning fans on a nightly basis. So, it’s hardly surprising that returning home after months on the road came as quite a shock, with each member struggling with imposter syndrome and the concept of finally needing to settle down and build a life in LA post-college. With all three bandmates needing to undertake their own emotional journey to adulthood as well as learning to live in an increasingly difficult political landscape, there was a moment where we might never have heard new music from MUNA again. That was until the band came to the realisation that the current climate looking after yourself is just as much of a political statement as any and so Saves The World, the band’s second album, was born.
Saves The World, was released earlier this year and dives straight into the most painstaking moments of life, layering themes of heartbreak, mental health and addiction over 80’s synth-pop. The whole album is deeply personal and emotional, yet has moments of triumph that are impossible not to dance along to and that’s exactly what MUNA encompass in their live shows too.
With a focus on providing a safe space for fans, from sissies to angry girls to emo queers and crybabies alike, MUNA ensure that their live shows are a place where you can feel free and are free to feel everything. Having played two epic sold-out nights in London the week following album release, MUNA embarked on a headline US tour playing to packed rooms on a nightly basis, rounding up the trip with two dates supporting The 1975 in New Jersey. Now set to bring upcoming queer icon L Devine (London only) and Fake Laugh with them on their first ever UK tour, there’s just no stopping this self-proclaimed ‘greatest band in the world’. So, grab your tissues and your dancing shoes, as it’s going to be an emotional rollercoaster that you don’t want to miss.
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