Eighteen-year-old Noah Cyrus is bummed out. At least this is true of the feelings expressed on her debut EP titled Good Cry, released last month. "Honey, I drink 'til I'm sick/ This weed don't do shit/ I'm choking on my bed/ I'm loveless, I feel so loveless," Cyrus sings with a soulful affectation that flirts undeniably close with Rihanna's "Love on the Brain" — and rightfully so, considering Cyrus' recent and very public run-in with heartbreak.
Weeks before her debut EP was set to drop and just a month out from her first headlining tour, Cyrus dissolved her short-lived relationship with 22-year-old Cheeto-obsessed SoundCloud rapper Lil Xan, which can be collapsed into an uncomfortable moment of PDA on this year's MTV Video Music Awards pink carpet that lives in meme infamy. (Google it.)
Even though Cyrus cut her teeth late in the music game when compared to big sis Miley, (the youngest Cyrus was admittedly more interested in riding horses than following in her father Billy Ray Cyrus' musical footsteps), Good Cry has been a long time coming. Cyrus' debut efforts were first teased by a string of disconnected singles, originally rumored to appear on a full-length record titled NC-17. Starting in 2016 with her collaboration with English producer Labrinth on "Make Me (Cry)," following up a year later following up with "Again" where Cyrus synced up with controversial rapper XXXTENTACION. Of the six singles Cyrus released between 2016 and 2018 — including a co-released track with Lil Xan titled "Live or Die" just weeks before their public breakup and a companion video just days after — none made the cut for Good Cry, which includes a song recorded as an iPhone voice memo.
Chalk it up to the indecisive mind of a teenage girl with a famous last name who is still fighting to figure shit out. Good Cry ushers in a new brand of heavily produced emo that yearns for the street cred of a SoundCloud playlist but with an earnest sense of pride from having turned personal pain into a pure pop purge.
When we check in with Cyrus she literally squeals at the mention of her forthcoming tour and tells us why she thinks the internet is trash.
Metro Times: How does it feel to be days away from your first headlining tour at just 18-years-old?
Noah Cyrus: Oh my god! It's so exciting! I am such, like, a big, like... I don't even have words to really describe how excited I am.
MT: As you should be. This is your first real baby you're putting out in the world.
Cyrus: It is! It's like my little child that I just crafted out of nowhere and I was like, "Oh my god here's six songs that tell a complete story of my life from the past two years." Like, let's put this shit out now.
MT: There's been talks about your debut album for well over two years now. It was originally being pegged as being called NC-17. Has the delay stemmed from wanting it to be perfect? Or is it because of change in stylistic preferences?
Cyrus: The thing was, I had put out "Make Me (Cry)" and "Again." Those are my favorite songs that I have ever written and I really connected to those on a deeper level. But there are some other records that I have put out that I wasn't as connected with. That I wasn't as passionate about. So, I didn't want to put out an album full of things that I wasn't passionate about. I got to a place where I really, really realized what was going on in my life and what was happening with myself, 'cause I was going through a lot of emotional things at the time and personal things in a relationship that I had been working out for two years, and I wrote multiple songs on that [experience] and it turned into Good Cry.
MT: What do you consider a good cry?
Cyrus: A good cry is when you've been holding something in for a long time and finally there's that moment where the tears just come out. It's the moment after you cry where you can just calm down and like, it's like a pit of relief, like you just need to release all of that hopelessness.
MT: You recently came off of Katy Perry's The Witness tour which I'm sure was a super exciting opportunity for an artist without a record or EP out. Did you learn anything from that experience that you can bring to the Good Cry tour?
Cyrus: Definitely, I mean part of the songs are about when I was on that tour because I was going through a lot in my relationship at the time. That tour was really hard on me mentally and physically. I've learned so much, and definitely learned a lot on stage then, but for me, this is just going to be like one big hangout with like, my fans, and like, it's going to be so fun. And I know it will be different because it's like a smaller room and it's going to be really cool and intimate.
MT: I think a lot of people have the idea that tour and performing is, like, an easy thing, but there's so many moving parts and a lot of it's hurry up and wait. So, now that you're headlining I'm sure you will have a little bit more control over everything happening right?
MT: You took to Twitter to ask fans to help you curate your setlist. What has the response been so far?
Cyrus: Oh my god, there's so many different reactions. I just wanted to have some fun and, like, get them involved.
MT: What are you listening to right now? What's in your earbuds?
Cyrus: I'm always listening to Ben Howard, Kanye, Bon Iver, Arctic Monkeys, and anything Alex Turner, basically.
MT: Some of your music details your battles with anxiety and depression, which you've been very vocal about. Are you nervous to put yourself out there?
Cyrus: No, no. Like, I can't wait for them to, like, get to know this side of me because, like, I've been showing this side of me for so long. But, like, it will be nice for my fans to, like, actually get an inside look at my life and what's been going on in my life and get to really, really understand my anxiety and my depression and what makes me who I am.
MT: I'm sure fans reach out to you all the time to share their experiences with you, right?
Cyrus: Exactly, a lot of people are dealing with the same things as me. So, you know, my goal for this EP is for them to be able to relate, and for them to be able to feel too, and for them to be able to cry too, and be able to love too, or whatever they choose to do while listening to this EP. I hope that it just inspires them and I hope that it relates to them and things they are going through, or have been through, or they're going to go through. I want it to just be there as support for my fans.
MT: This tour is going to carry you through the next couple months. What do you have lined up?
Cyrus: An album probably. I would hope to get my album out by next year. Oh my god. I'm so tired of talking like, "Maybe I'll put something out," finally I'm putting out Good Cry so I'll start there, then see what's going on. But probably I'll start making my album once I'm off the tour.
MT: I read that you received some advice from your big sister Miley and that was to not read the comments. Did you take this advice seriously? Because the internet is a terrible place.
Cyrus: Yeah, I used to not read the comments, now I just migrate through and laugh a lot whenever I read these shitty comments. It's all just bullshit. I just don't care anymore. I don't go out of my way to not read it and I don't go out of my way to read it. You got to learn to see the love instead of the hate. There's a lot more love than hate.
MT: I would imagine because of how you grew up, you probably don't get starstruck too easily.
Cyrus: OK, hold on. But I did get starstruck at the VMA's when I met [Keegan-Michael] Key because I'm a huge fan of Key and Peele. So, whenever I saw Key at the VMAs I about had a heart attack.
MT: Did you go up to him?
Cyrus: No, I didn't want to embarass myself. But it was the best day of my life.
MT: Any dream collaborations?
Cyrus: I would love to collaborate with Lil Skies. I love Lil Skies. Or Alex Turner. Alex Turner is such a rock star, so if I ever get to collab with him that's the day I'll retire.
MT: That could totally happen, so don't retire just yet.
Cyrus: If it happens then I would die. Let's hope that happens.
MT: Any final words on Good Cry?
Cyrus: Just that I put a lot of hard work into this and that I'm so excited for them to listen to it. And I hope that they enjoy it. I want to say thank you for all of the support my fans have given me. We finally did it!
Noah Cyrus will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 at Saint Andrew's Hall; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com; Tickets are $25.
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