Mannequin Pussy Breaks Through Pandemic Fueled Doldrums By Releasing New EP ‘Perfect’

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One spectacular human trait is the ability to bounce back after extreme life changes or hardship. As everyone continues to deal with their own forms of societal and personal reckoning thanks to the isolation and confusion caused by the covid-19 pandemic, Philadelphia indie punk band Mannequin Pussy are excited to get back to work and come back with new music that packs a meaningful punch. Channeling the emotions from last year into a punchy, high energy EP, ‘Perfect’ is the result of 10 years playing together and evolving as musicians punctuated by one year of separation. It is an explosive, enigmatic journey through a collision of sound and eager creation.

While the beginning months of 2020 saw the band arriving to a place of professional satisfaction with new opportunities over the horizon, their momentum stopped when the pandemic took a tight hold on the United States and the world was put on pause. Isolated from each other and suddenly feeling creative and professional stagnation, the band waited out in anticipation for the moment when they could safely make music together again. Finally, thanks to vaccine rollouts and other covid safety measures, band members Missy (vocals/guitar/keys), Colins “Bear” Regisford (bass) and Kaleen Reading (drums) were able to reunite, log fresh studio time and piece together a new EP, Perfect.

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From the 90s tinged opener, “Control” with its punk-alternative crossover instrumentals and spunky vocals, to the volatile and unhinged, “Perfect,” and the even more pungent “Pigs is Pigs,” the band lets loose their thoughts and emotions like a tempestuous wind, ready to agitate stationary objects. The short EP makes use of the angst and frustrations felt by band members, capitalizing on these emotions by pushing each other to write and record new music in real time, encapsulating a specific moment in time and history, breaking norms and projecting it all through the individual lens.

We just figured if we forced ourselves into this situation where someone could hit ‘record,’ something might come out,” Missy says. “We’d never written that way before.” 

Ending with the soft and melancholy, “Darling,” ‘Perfect’ is a bite sized mix of sugar and spice, amping us up with chaotic and perfect punk songs while mellowing us out on softer tunes in between. They will be on tour this year supporting Japanese Breakfast on select dates, as well as a stint at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Sept. 30 with Pinkshift and Angel Du$t.

Words: Patti Sanchez

For more on Mannequin Pussy and their music and tour dates, make sure to visit their website or follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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