Life’s so fun, life’s so fun, MUNA’s got a new record a single coming on! Hot off their TikTok-dominating Phoebe Bridgers-collaboration “Silk Chiffon,” the indie pop trio have announced their third LP, MUNA, is out June 24th, and shared the album’s first single, “Anything But Me.” Plus, the band has shared a new round of 2022 tour dates (get tickets here).
Like “Silk Chiffon” before it, MUNA sees Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson, and Josette Maskin move beyond angst and heartbreak for lyrics as light as the music that soundtracks them. As the band’s first full-length since being dropped from RCA and signing to Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, MUNA was a concerted effort by the trio to remind themselves of their strength.
“What ultimately keeps us together,” Maskin said, “is knowing that someone’s going to hear each one of these songs and use it to make a change they need in their life. That people are going to feel a kind of catharsis, even if it’s a catharsis that I might never have known myself, because I’m fucked up.” McPherson added, “I hope this album helps people connect to each other the way that we, in MUNA, have learned to connect to each other.”
As such, “Anything But Me” sees the band learn to walk away from ill-fated relationships instead of remaining in the comfort of the familiar. “I don’t wanna stick around trying to work it out when everything feels wrong/ But it’s all over, there’s no regrets/ You can call me if there’s anything you need/ Anything but me,” Gavin sings over swirling synths, head held high.
MUNA discussed the origins of “Anything But Me” in a statement, sharing: “Breaking up is hard to do. In the past we’ve stayed in relationships for a long time, waiting until we hit low lows to admit it was over. ‘Anything But Me’ is a song about leaving a partnership simply because it doesn’t feel right. It’s about trusting yourself and your instincts enough to walk away from someone while you still have love for each other and before it gets too bad. The video for the song plays with the idea that we’ve been our own captors in relationships, keeping ourselves in unhealthy dynamics, maybe because that’s what feels familiar. The song embodies the lightness and a playfulness that floods in when you realize that there’s no lock on the door, no one’s holding you back — you can untie the knot and skip into the sunset whenever you’re ready. Now, who can guess what attachment style I have?”
Watch the video for “Anything But Me” below, and scroll onward for MUNA’s artwork and tracklist. Pre-orders for the record are available here.
News of MUNA comes as the band traverses Austin for the South by Southwest Music Festival. Later this year, the trio will play a pair of shows in the UK before heading out on a lengthy North American tour. Tickets for MUNA’s newly announced dates go on sale Friday, March 18th at 10:00 am ET via Ticketmaster. Fans can get access to a pre-sale by signing up for a code via the band’s website.
We named “Silk Chiffon” Song of the Week when it arrived in September. In November, MUNA and Bridgers took themselves to prom when they performed the single on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
01. Silk Chiffon (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
02. What I Want
03. Runner’s High
04. Home By Now
05. Kind of Girl
06. Handle Me
07. No Idea
09. Anything But Me
10. Loose Garment
12. Shooting Star
MUNA 2022 Tour Dates:
03/16-18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
05/10 — London, UK @ The Garage
05/12 — Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival
07/30 — Cleveland, OH @ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
02/08 — Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
03/08 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater
05/08 — Louisville, KY @ Headliners
06/08 — St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
07/08 — St. Charles, IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
08/08 — Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
11/08 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
08/12 — Seattle, WA @ Day In Day Out Festival
08/13 — Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
08/15 — San Diego, CA @ Observatory Northpark
09/19 — Boston, MA @ Royale
09/20 — Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
09/23 — Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works
09/24 — Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade — Heaven
09/27 — Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theater
09/28 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
09/30 — New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/10 — Detroit, MI @ The Majestic Theater
06/10 — Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
10/10 — Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/11 — Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
10/16 — Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
10/17 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
10/19 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
10/23 — San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
10/25 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern