Meg Myers makes a strong comeback to music. The rock artist known for her massive hits, “Run up that hill,” “Desire,” “Numb” and “lemon eyesreturns to the stage with an empowering third studio album this year. Meg Myers burst onto the scene when she moved to Los Angeles at 19 and recorded her album sorry which spawned several major alternative hits. Earlier this year, Meg shocked the music world with the sudden release of HTIS (Hiding That I’m Sexual) and its catchy album cover. Today she is releasing a new single, “CHILDREN OF LIGHT II», an uplifting rock ballad that expresses the spiritual growth of one of indie rock’s greatest singers.
After years of debilitating addiction, Meg used her isolation during the pandemic to withdraw into herself where she reconnected with her musical calling. She describes the new single as “alchemy and liberation in bringing light to shadows”. With the upcoming new album, Meg wants listeners to “acknowledge the things that have been hidden away so that we can see through the illusions we’ve all been deeply programmed to believe about ourselves and our reality, so that we can regain our power”.
“I’ve always been drawn to music as a form of therapy, but until I woke up I didn’t really understand why I was doing it,” she says. “When I was able to step back and see my story from a higher perspective, I realized that everything I’ve been through is part of my mission to do things differently and create something that help others, especially people who have been through trauma and have this confusion about how to release it. I believe there is so much healing potential within each of us, and now I feel empowered to help others find that and learn to let go.
Meg Myers is going on tour later this year with My Chemical Romance. Rain caught up with the artist about his new outlook and what to expect on his next album.
Hide that I’m sexual
You said about “HTIS” (Hiding That I’m Sexual), “It’s about removing the mask, exposing insecurities and imperfections, and allowing everything to be okay.” ‘HTIS’ is an acceptance of my inner child and a reconnection to my sexuality by reclaiming its purity.‘ Can you say more?
I think a lot of us have been taught to believe that our sexuality is tied to how others perceive and interpret it and for me that has always made it really dangerous to explore and fully express. HTIS gives permission to simply be ourselves and find our own unique meaning in our sensuality. Really, it’s about breaking free from shame and embracing our sovereignty and innocent nature and getting in touch with our true essence.
We don’t change the world from the outside first, we change it from the inside first.
In 2015, when you released your album sorry in an interview you said: “I want people not to be afraid to feel.” Is it always true? Has anything changed?
Yes, it is still very true. This is what music does for me personally and I deeply believe that my music is meant to help people process their stuck feelings and emotions so they can awaken and unlock their true potential.
A new sound
Talk to twirl you mentioned it on your last two EPs Thank you 4 for taking me to the disco and I would like to go home‘[The songs] are such an important chapter in my life that led me to where I am now,” you said.
Explain the difference between the two five-song projects. “The first one was a really dark time and then the second one was me heading towards my revival. I didn’t want to make an LP of it because I don’t feel like it represents where I’m at currently in my life. How important were they to your work then and where are you now?
Well, I wrote these songs during different phases of my life. During times when I felt victimized, angry and limited. And also during the times when I felt empowered and liberated, so the material carries with it a lot of transformations. All of my material does, but this body of work, in particular, is really harnessed by the warrior in me who finally felt brave enough to start expressing myself beyond my comfort zone.
You talk about how you overcame the addiction and have a much clearer idea of what you want to do. HTIS seems to approach this in a very interesting way. In a culture where we live in these mini dependency loops, whether it’s a phone or a vape… I think that throws people’s alignment off. What advice would you give to someone struggling with addiction?
My advice is to be gentle and patient with yourselves and to understand that you are not alone. We’ve been living in a very tough society for quite some time, which has had us running in circles, as you said. It kept us from stepping away from ourselves and looking at the truth.
When we feel lost or scared, the last thing we want to do is admit it or feel it. So instead, we seek external pleasures to numb ourselves and avoid discomfort. But inside the discomfort is actually a treasure. So my advice is to be curious and open-minded that there might be another way.
I can be myself and still create original music and people really understand. It makes the process much more enjoyable and the service work more meaningful.
Children of Light II
Can you tell us about your new single “Children of Light II”? What was your inspiration? How do you think this evolution of your music represents you now and how do you relate to your listeners?
I wrote “COLII” after the first coat of my alarm clock a few years ago. I sat at my piano in the presence of my spirit ancestors. Tune into their energy of resilience and deep wisdom. It felt so good to write it honestly, I couldn’t believe how empowering it was to let my channels open and let myself express so freely.
I realized how I had held back my frequency for so long for fear of persecution. Hiding in addiction and unhealthy relationship patterns, for example. This song was one of the first ones I wrote on my 3rd album and I feel like these songs are kind of a guide to greater awareness and collective healing. It’s beyond my skills!
You’re going on tour with My Chemical Romance this fall. It’s very interesting to see this pop punk renaissance flourish with a new generation. Why do you think that is?
I don’t know but I love it! I would say there must be a certain vibration that this music carries that activates the souls of humanity and that is something to pay attention to. I think we’re all wild young renegades at heart and this kind of music gives permission to access those creative aspects that so many of us have denied.
Do you think the ideas surrounding homosexuality are changing?
Yes absolutely, I think people are more and more curious about their existence, and that naturally opens the doors to freer expression and ways of being outside the norm.
It’s really interesting because you talk about how you used to listen to a lot of pop music. For a long time, people were quick to push music like yours into an alternative space. But everything has changed now.
If you had told me ten years ago when I was listening to Grimes, for example, that she would be mainstream, I would have laughed. Do you feel that momentum… that kind of wind in your sails that society’s attitudes and perceptions are changing?
That the general public is generally more open-minded? How does it feel for an artist like you who fought so hard and so long for these ideals?
I feel like we are in the midst of a really profound shift on the planet and the energies among us are supporting entirely new perspectives and it continues to accelerate. It’s like a breath of fresh air. Like, ‘Holy shit, I can be myself and still make music out of the box and people really get it and it makes the process a lot more enjoyable and the service work more meaningful.’
I can see why you covered “Running Up That Hill”. Your cover is too good! Really gives it new life. Long before Lady Gaga, The Guardian described Kate Bush as “the queen of art-pop.”
Perhaps there is not a single artist who has inspired so many successful female artists. Bush once said, “I never felt like I wrote from a political point of view, it was always an emotional point of view which maybe happens to be a political situation. Are you related to this?
I tell so much. I feel there is no separation so everything is intertwined and connected. When we unlock the depths of our own traumas and emotions, we also unlock the depths of the human sciences and the reasons for the corruption of societies. This is why it is so important for us to become aware of our projections and remember to always bring them back to us. We don’t change the world from the outside first, we change it from the inside first.
Your last album was in 2018, but you had some great singles in between, “Breaks My Back”. Is the format of the album still important to you?
It really depends. For my third album, it seems important to me that it is a body of work because the lyrics and the music are all linked to each other, because they were written during 3 years of powerful alterations .
During these years I dedicated myself to shadow work and creating a new sound. So most of it was written at home on my piano, uke and guitar and I feel like he wants to be gifted as a whole. That being said, I see myself playing with other formats after the release of this album.
What has inspired you lately? What are you most looking forward to?
Lately my friends, family, Patreon community and my 2 cats have really inspired me to be more vulnerable, stay real and be more in the moment. As an introvert, it surprises me enough, but I find so much more understanding and connection with myself and the universe through the support of my community.
I can’t wait to share my new project with my fans! They help me as much as I help them and I’m so ready to see what we can all discover together and how we can inspire each other to heal and thrive.