There are some bands that love their fans, and then there are bands who make it their daily mission to better their fans' lives. The latter was evident when I caught MUNA
's set at Governors Ball earlier this month. The fierce LA-based trio consists of Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson, and Josette Maskin who met at University of Southern California. When I asked about their first impressions of each other, they broke out in laughter. "I thought they were pretty. I thought that they probably liked girls. That's just the honest truth," Katie said, to which Josette replied, "Yeah, it just radiates off my body." After their first run-in, none of them thought they would ever hang out again, because I mean, who would voluntarily hang out with a person who wears a fedora and says things like "I'm going to cut off all your skin and wear it as clothes"? These guys, apparently.
Going back to their set at Gov Ball, it was unlike anything I have ever seen before not just because of their undeniable on-stage chemistry, but also because of the fans' contribution. All three members of the band identify as queer, which naturally opens up a safe space for people alike. "People in the LGBTQI are the best fans you can have," Naomi said, which I can verify because I had never seen a crowd filled with so much love and care up until their set... Especially in New York City, where every audience member is usually too cool to do anything except stand with their arms crossed and pissy facial expressions that scream "I don't want to be here." The love in the crowd was apparent, and thanks to MUNA (and their fantastic cover of Evanescence's "Bring Me To Life"), no one was afraid to be themselves for those 45 minutes on Friday.