New Music Heaven : Meg Myers

August 19, 2019
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This week we're listening to Meg Myers cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill." You can hear it all week on 94/7, and when you do, let us know what you think by texting HOT or NOT to 44624. To get a free download of the song in your inbox, just join the free 94/7 Nation.

Meg Myers has announced her new album 'Take Me To The Disco,' out July 20th on 300 Entertainment, a relentless and brutally honest record, and the raw result of Meg's own personal journey. As on her breakout 2015 debut album 'Sorry,' Meg's "tremendously powerful voice" (Rolling Stone) and "seething...riffs" (The New York Times) are front and center, but this time around, she explores love, loneliness and trauma with unflinching candor, facing her inner green-eyed monster head-on and attacking each bar with a primal ferocity. 

To accompany the announcement, Meg has released lead single "Numb," a haunting look at the pressures of the music business and life in general. "'Feeling numb' relates to the many pressures of life and our reactions to this weight," says Meg. "When this burden becomes too much and we can no longer run...we essentially numb out." Billboard said of the song, "piano and electronics gnaw at the alt-rock arrangement," declaring, "the cathartic 'Numb' leaves you with a paradoxically life-affirming feeling, a weapon against the modern-day frustrations inherent in life and music." Listen to "Numb".

Meg co-wrote most of the songs on the album with her producer and collaborator Christian "Leggy" Langdon, and enlisted the help of Victor Indrizzo, who has played with Depeche Mode, to play drums on the record. Meg also used a live string section for the first time - The Section Quartet appears on six songs on the album. 

"Listening back to some of these songs made me realize what I was really writing about...what was underneath it all," says Meg. "On the surface, I thought I was writing about love loss but I've learned it goes much deeper than that. It's going back to the child in me that needed to be healed. I've always written from a true place, but in getting to know myself better, I'm now writing from an even deeper level of honesty." 

Meg, who grew up in a Jehovah's Witness household, moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 where she recorded her debut album 'Sorry' on Atlantic Records. That album spawned Top 15 and Top 20 alternative radio hits, "Desire" and "Sorry," respectively, with MTV calling "Desire" the female answer to Nine Inch Nails' "Closer." Meg's striking and visceral music videos have skyrocketed to upwards of 9 million YouTube views, and her Spotify plays rank in the tens of millions. She's graced the pages of every major publication from Rolling Stone to Cosmopolitan, and has brought her hypnotizing performances to Conan and Last Call with Carson Daly, in addition to major tours with the Pixies, Alt-J, and Royal Blood and notable festival slots including Coachella, Lollapalooza and Governors Ball. 

On "Numb," Meg's "mysteriously shape-shifting" (Entertainment Weekly) vocal acrobatics are in full force as she alternates between seductive verses and a no-holds-barred chorus. "When I first wrote 'Numb,'" explains Meg, "it was about my experience with a major record label. But as I dug deeper, I found that it goes back to some early childhood stuff and how shutting down, or escaping, felt like the safer thing to do." 

Other album highlights include the dreamy, atmospheric title track and the driving "Tourniquet," an eerie yet poignant song that details the trials of being trapped in an unhealthy relationship. The thunderous rocker "Jealous Sea" is "a walk on the darker side," says Meg, "but it also shows the beauty in the darkness." With each song on 'Take Me To The Disco,' Meg fearlessly bares her soul with an intensity only she can convey. 

Meg will set out on tour for a very special run of intimate shows in select cities before embarking on a major worldwide tour this fall. Initial tour dates below, with more to follow. '

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