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In light of Tuesday’s election results, North Carolina-based indie label Tiny Engines has become the latest in a line of musical entities to put their wares up for charity. Starting this week, their entire catalog, which includes standout Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy, Cayetana, and Little Big League, will be available under the “Pay-What-You-Will” format with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center

Mannequin Pussy plays the hi-dive this week.

There’s not an album in recent memory that occupies a your head space with such clarity and potency. Mannequin Pussy’s Romantic is only 18 minutes in length but its a savage emotional whiplash, expressing the rapid-fire push and pull between external affection and internal anxiety through powerful ripcord hooks and a masterful blend of punk, pop, and hardcore that threatens to fall apart at every turn. The Philadelphia band has crafted the perfect album to put on when the voices in your head get to be overwhelming, one to turn to when those fleeting, intense moments of despair and uncertainty feel like they may never go away.

Its just brutal in a really endearing way. The band`s voice hooked me from the start. They have got an impressive range from gentle rock that showcase melodies to fast-paced, angry, angsty songs without any words at all.

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Band To Watch: Mannequin Pussy

The first half of “Denial”  the third single from Mannequin Pussy’s sophomore album, “Romantic” is designed to sound like someone having a panic attack. Marisa Dabice is trapped inside her own head, unable to escape a spiraling depressive cycle:

“At night sometimes my thoughts collide/ My body shakes/ I feel so separated from what I thought I’d be and what I am.”

But something miraculous happens midway through the song: She manages to pull herself out of the hole she’s dug, and the rest of the band responds in kind. The tension slacks; Dabice launches into an affirmative pep talk: “Pick yourself up, baby/ Everything’s gonna be fine/ But if not, so what?/ You’ll get it the next time.”
It’s a pointed moment on an album that embraces wild and erratic mood swings. hardcore anthemics and sickly sweet punk-pop riffs from Mannequin Pussy.

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Originally begun as a duo between childhood friends, Marisa Dabice and Thanasi Paul, Mannequin Pussy expanded to a three-piece for their debut album, GP. Following a move to Philadelphia, the band has once again grown in numbers and strength. With the addition of Kaleen Reading on drums and Colins Regisford on bass, Mannequin Pussy are now a quartet for their sophomore full-length, Romantic. Once again a Mannequin Pussy full-length is a perfect example of “all killer, no filler” as Romantic clocks in at less than 20 minutes. And much like GP, Romantic shifts seamlessly back and forth between pop and punk rock. But, the band has refined their songwriting with Romantic. The pop hooks are bigger and sharper. The punk rock numbers are filled with even more fury. Romantic is the sound of a band hitting its stride.