MUNA – ” About U “

Posted: February 17, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Thanks to their just-released album, “About U”, and Tiesto’s remix of their hit single, “Winterbreak,” you might have already heard of dark pop trio MUNA. Formed in 2013 by vocalist Katie Gavin and guitarists Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin while students at the University of Southern California, the group hopes to relay a message of inclusivity and acceptance through their music, which they take complete ownership of. “We started this band to be a representation of queer women who create something that is self-contained,” says Katie, who, like Josette, graduated from their college’s Popular Music program. “We write and produce all of our own songs and want to show other people that they can do the same thing.

Although she majored in African American studies and English, Naomi, who comes from a family of musicians, is also the brains behind the group’s graphic design needs and artwork, all while serving as its main producer. The first song she ever produced entirely by herself, “Promise,” appeared on MUNA’s debut EP, Loudspeaker, which was released last year. “I originally wanted to be a professor but when I met Katie and Josette, everything changed,” says Naomi. “They brought out the part of me that always wanted this subconsciously.” The band coins Loudspeaker as the project that defined they year they were making everything real. “Each of the four songs on it has so much meaning in terms of representing ways in which we grew as a band,” says Katie. “It also allowed us to really use music as a conversation starter,” she continues. “For example, I wrote the song ‘Loudspeaker’ for survivors of sexual violence.” The band was able to see just how big of an impact their music had on their fans firsthand when they toured after releasing the EP, and said the opportunity to travel together as best friends and watch one another shine as musicians was nothing short of humbling.

Now, about to embark on another tour throughout North America to promote their freshman album, MUNA are poised to make their mark as the headstrong and cathartic act that pop music needs. “When our fans remind us that what we’re doing has a positive effect on their lives, it’s the most amazing thing,” says Josette. “We hope that we encourage others to create and share their stories,” adds Katie. “Right now, there’s a lot of fear in the world, and fear can lead to silence. So it’s a really important time for us to be doing that.” Sing it loud.

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