No band is able to share queer joy with their audiences quite like MUNA. Somehow managing to encapsulate the intense feelings that come with finding love and yourself in this mess of a life, the band has formed a discography and fan base that both prioritize the importance of being human.
MUNA, who is comprised of Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson, is a trio who started making music together almost a decade ago. Their first two albums, About U and Saves the World, quickly became influential in the queer world and helped to establish the band’s reputation as something that felt… safe. With the release of their third album on Saddest Factory Records this past summer, MUNA’s true talent and artistic abilities were only emphasized. Their self-titled LP seemingly catapulted their careers, where they found themselves opening for artists like The 1975, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift all within the past year. Their ability to combine intimate lyricism with music that blends multiple genres at once has allowed them to create a project that is unlike any other.
Named after their iconic single with Phoebe Bridgers, MUNA’s “Life’s So Fun Tour” made a stop in Harrisburg this last Saturday (5/13).
As the band took the stage one by one, the audience was met with a stage presence that was absolutely undeniable. Opening their set with “What I Want,” the upbeat pop-dance hit demonstrated exactly what people love so much about the band and their live performances. With Katie dancing, kicking, and singing, on top of Josette working the stage and Naomi being incredibly cool on the keys, MUNA’s set felt like an eccentric dance-party from start to finish.
MUNA also made sure to bring out old hits like “I Know A Place,” which has become almost like an acclaimed hymn for the band. (This would make sense considering the “gay church” vibes that they bring to the table.) Katie even mentioned to the audience, “It’s a blessing to be able to say that we’ve been a touring act since 2016.”
With their performances across this tour and years prior, it’s clear why MUNA has had such a lasting impact on the lives of so many. The pure, pristine joy that this band is able to intimately share with their audiences is incredibly special.
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