Sad gays, gather yourselves! Delivering queer euphoria at its finest, MUNA’s self-titled third album arrives on 24 June
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY ELEANOR NOYCE
Searching for a sapphic-soaked band to soundtrack your summer? Together, US-based Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin are MUNA, and they’re the Western-inspired, cowboy-esque alt pop group you never knew you needed. The champions of the sad bop, MUNA are ever-relatable, and this week, they played a headline, mega sold-out show at The Garage in Islington, North London. An intimate affair, the evening was a reunion of souls; of MUNA fans old and new, universally ignited by queer joy. Their last UK gig before their third album, the self-titled MUNA, drops on 24 June.
Remarking that this was the “last time” UK audiences would experience this setlist, MUNA delivered one final yee-haw to their much-adored sophomore album, Saves The World. Number One Fan, Stayaway, Pink Light, Taken and Navy Blue each featured, interspersed with sprinklings of latest tracks Anything But Me, Silk Chiffon, Kind Of Girl and the unreleased Home By Now. The best bit? The band donned matching cowboy hats during Silk Chiffon, a nod to the music video for Kind Of Girl in which the trio dress up as cowboys, drag king style.
Nostalgic fans needn’t have been disappointed, though, as MUNA inevitably played Everything, Winterbreak, and of course, I Know A Place. The song that largely initiated their fame, the latter was written in the aftermath of the shootings at LGBTQI nightclub, Pulse, in Orlando in 2015. A love letter to queer spaces, this is the ultimate community anthem, best enjoyed whilst the audience is soaked in rainbow-filtered lighting.
Want to hear more from MUNA? Watch this space, DIVAs. A new era is approaching. To keep up with the band’s endeavours, follow them across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, or visit their website. And the fun doesn’t stop there – they’re coming back to the UK in November! Catch them at The Roundhouse on 10 June. Tickets are available here.
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