No. 5, “Kill the Rich Boys I,” a ballad about a no-good man. Accompanied only by her arpeggiated guitar for much of the song, singer Merideth Muñoz metaphorically describes a rapidly souring relationship: “Before the flood came and took/All of my picture books/I had proof/I was once 6-foot-2.”
“It’s about when…you are being manipulated and emotionally and mentally abused, and only later being aware of that,” explains the 25-year-old Sterling resident. A moneyed ex-boyfriend wasn’t Muñoz’s only inspiration—a King Arthur Flour commercial also provided imagery. In the ad, Muñoz recalls, a kid finds an adult lying prone after having eaten too many inferior baked goods. “And now, my face is in the ground,” Muñoz sings. “‘Come and see what I found’/Some kid says.”
Muñoz wrote the song about two years ago, performing it solo during Pash’s first tour. Off the road, Muñoz’s bandmates asked her to write them parts, and she obliged with a galloping guitar bridge and the occasional between-verses drum roll. “I don’t think that I’d play it by myself anymore,” she says. “It seems kind of simple to me now; I like it fleshed-out.” The one drawback? Sometimes the rest of the band plays it too fast, and a furiously picking Muñoz finds it hard to keep up. “That happens,” she says. “You always get excited [at shows], but I would prefer to have things faster than slower.” —Sadie Dingfelder
Pash plays the Black Cat on Friday, Aug. 31.