Concert preview: Meg Myers at the Newport
On her new album, Take Me to the Disco, you can hear the years since we last heard Meg Myers, whose show on Friday, Oct. 5, has been upgraded to the Newport Music Hall after selling out A&R Bar.
“I've been going through so much for the past couple of years. A lot of growth in ways that I've never experienced, a lot of spiritual growth,” Myers said in a phone interview. “Really diving deep into some ... I guess past traumas and stuff like that. A lot of that came out on this album.”
The fiery, heart-on-her-sleeve angst of Myers' debut full-length, 2015'sSorry, is still present on her new tracks. But she's more thoughtful, more introspective on the new album. And she's not sorry. In fact, the process of writing and recording took her to places she didn't expect.
“I went back after writing it and listening to it, and I was like, hooooly shit,” Myers said. “After going through some of the therapy that I've gone through and stuff, listening to it and being like, ‘That's what I wrote this about? I didn't know that.'”
Beginning with the disarmingly mournful opening title track,Take Me to the Disco goes to unexpected places. Songs that feel like simple, sad love songs take on layers of self-discovery. Songs that feel like they're about one thing often aren't.
“I feel like all of my songs are … very open to interpretation,” Myers said, “because there's a lot of different feelings involved in them even if it may seem like it's about this one subject.”
One such song actually came from a very specific place. In the process of writing, Myers was getting both support and pressure to deliver a single from her then-label, Atlantic Records. And she delivered the eventual single, “Numb,” from that experience, even before the two decided to part ways.
“You think you want the best for me but nothing really matters,” Myers belts on the track. “If you force it won't come/I guess I'm feeling numb.”
“I wrote ‘Numb' about them, and then that ended up being the single. But they let me go, even though they were like, ‘Yes, this is the one,'” Myers recalled. “It was a great thing for both of us. It was just the wrong relationship for both of us. We just kind of grew apart, like a relationship.”
Intentionally or not, those themes run through Myers' music, and she's now released two albums that double as great breakup records. So, of course, I asked her if she had any advice for anyone getting out of a bad relationship.
“God, I've been through a lot of those,” she said with a pause. “I know no matter what I say, it's kind of impossible to hear when you're in that moment.
“I think really the best thing you can do for yourself is to focus all the attention you can possibly on yourself and getting happy in yourself, because that is going to lead you to ... the one or the right person for you. Whether that's back to that person or to somebody new ... just really getting good in yourself.”
If her new album is any indication, she's taken her own advice.
Newport Music Hall
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
1722 N. High St., Campus
ALSO PLAYING: Adam Jones