Megan Davies is trapped in a toxic relationship with social media in her latest single “Gimme,” premiering on Billboard today (Nov.8).
“Gimme” is Davies’ musing on the ways we use “likes and comments” on social media as a way to validate ourselves and disguise the imperfections in our lives. Davies compares the gratifying feeling of “likes” on a seemingly flawless photo to an addiction, singing, “I’ve been sucking in my stomach/ It’s a drug I use in public.”
The song’s insightful subject matter contrasts with a strikingly upbeat pop rhythm and a funky bass hook. Davies’ strong vocals carry the song, giving “Gimme” its more serious edge, while brilliantly underscoring its own message, demonstrating the ways we mask our issues under a guise of happiness and perceived perfection — or in this case, a catchy tune.
For Davies, the message of “Gimme” cuts deep. “The whole time we were working on it, I had this Black Mirror episode, ‘Nosedive,’ in my head,” she tells Billboard. “It creeped me out because I saw so much of myself in it. We live in a world where self-worth is dictated by what we see and do online. It’s supposed to connect us, but even as my numbers have grown higher I’ve found myself feeling even more detached.”
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Davies was first recognized for the acoustic covers and mashups on her YouTube channel, earning her a dedicated fan following. Her debut EP of original music, Bad Poetry, was released in July of 2017. “Gimme” is Davies’ latest original release, joining her recent singles “Doesn’t Matter” and “Moonlight.”
Listen to “Gimme” below, and see Davies’ upcoming tour dates in the U.S. and Europe, for which you can find tickets here.
Megan Davies Tour Dates
January 31 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
February 1 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
February 2 – Augusta, SC – The Men’s Refinery
February 6 – Washington, DC – Jammin’ Java
February 8 – Boston, MA – City Winery
February 9 – New York, NY – City Vineyard
February 24 – Manchester, England – Deaf Institute
February 25 – Glasgow, Scotland – King Tuts
February 27 – Birmingham, England – Institute 3
February 28 – Cardiff, Wales – Club I For Bach
March 1 – London, England – Bush Hall
March 3 – Hamburg, Germany – KuKunn
March 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
March 5 – Cologne, Germany – Blue Shell
March 6 –Berlin, Germany – Musik & Frieden
March 7 – Warsaw, Poland – Poglos
March 9 – Vienna, Austria – B72
March 10 – Munich, Germany – Strom?