Feb. 14— commonly celebrated as Valentine’s Day—found couples and lonely lovers gathering at Larimer Lounge to see LA-based lady-rockers, MUNA. Considering that it was Valentine’s Day there was an impressive amount of people who showed up on the crisp evening.
MUNA consists of members Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin, and Naomi McPherson who all met in college in California and banned together to make music, which their fans, and themselves, can use to escape the unfortunate realities of life.
“This song is about change and love,” lead singer Katie Gavin said to the eager and diverse crowd before drifting into a dreamy synth pop-love song. The group describe themselves as “a ride or die clique” that would be found in a cult classic teen movie, which is certainly the vibe that is given off. The band shares a clear bond with each other and their audience, which is perhaps what make them more appealing to see live than on their studio album.
An all-queer identifying group is refreshing in a world dominated by fear. The enlivened atmosphere presented a different reality. MUNA’s lyrics are not specifically gendered, leaving the listener room for a very broad interpretation, letting those in the queer community have their own voice instead of alienating them with “oooh boy”s or “my man”s and the like. There was a large and disparate crowd of people; throngs of single friends, hordes of teenagers, and a handful of couples. MUNA creates a safe and inviting environment at their live performances, one where anyone and everyone can feel welcome.
The girls danced to their own music on stage, as if they were creating their own little world while still inviting their audience into it. It is charming to see a group of individuals who spend so much time together and do not want to rip each others faces off. Valentine’s Day can be a tough holiday for some people, it can bring up loneliness and heartbreak, but MUNA sustained an energy that disallowed anyone experience anything but warmth and love.
The group sings rather typical songs drenched in heartache, not to say that, it as a negative thing. Although MUNA’s recorded music falls flat, their live show is relatable and one that any person would find themselves enjoying in the midst of their own thriving and deserved angst.