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      August 28, 2019

      Wednesday   8:30 PM

      1822 W Sunset Boulevard
      Los Angeles, California 90026

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      Mannequin Pussy

      with Empath, T-Rextasy
      Colins Rey Regisford (bass, samples, vocals) -Kaleen Reading (drums, percussion)Marisa Dabice (guitar, vocals) -Athanasios Paul (guitar, keys)The third full-length from Mannequin Pussy, Patienceis an album fascinated with the physical experience of the body, its songs tracking the movements of mouths and hands and racing hearts, skin and spit and teeth and blood. Deeply attuned to the power of their own physicality, the Philadelphia-based band channels complex emotion in blistering riffs, thrashing rhythms, vocals that feel as immediate and untamed as a gut reaction. But throughout Patience, the Philadelphia-based band contrasts that raw vitality with intricatemelodies and finelydetailed arrangements, building a strange and potenttension that makes the album all the more cathartic.The follow-up to Romantica 2016 releasepraised by Pitchfork for combin[ing] punk, shoegaze, death metal, and more, with the ferociouspush-pull energy of a mosh pitPatiencecame to life at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. In creating the album, Mannequin Pussy worked with producer/engineer Will Yip (Quicksand, The Menzingers), shaping an explosive sound that never overshadowsthe subtletyof their songwriting. In the past theres been a chaotic feeling to the recording process, but working with Will put us ina different headspace, says Dabice. It helped us show our progression over the past few years and make a very crisp-sounding record, without losingthedirtiness of what Mannequin Pussy really is.Opening with itsgloriouslyfrenetic title track, Patiencematches Mannequin Pussys wildvolatility with a narrative voice thats oftenpainfully vulnerable.On Drunk II, for instance, Dabices vocals shift from fragile to furious, the tracks stormyguitar work colliding with lyricscapturingthe griefof post-breakup inertia. I wrote that song one night when I was very heartbroken, afterId been out with friends trying to pretend like I wasnt feelingsohopeless, says Dabice. I went home and just startedplaying guitar and crying, and stayed up working on that song till about fourin the morning.On the delicatelysprawlingHigh Horse, Patience takes on a more restrainedtone but still maintains a devastatingintensity, with Mannequin Pussy presenting an intimateportrait of an abusive relationship (Pushing me up against the kitchen sink/I feel your breath on me/I can taste it in my teeth).Meanwhile, Who You Are shifts into a brightly tendermood, assuminga classic-love-song sweetness in its message of self-acceptance. I turned 30 aswe were working on the record, and it changed my whole perspective on my life and relationships and everything, says Dabice. Who You Are came from thinking about what Id want to say to myself when I was still in my 20sand wasting so much time not believing in myself. Elsewhere on Patience, Mannequin Pussy transmitan unstoppable fury: the 39-second Clams deliversasa brutalblast of vitriol against those whove tried to holdthem back, while F.U.C.A.W. unfoldsin unhinged riffsand relentlesslypounding beats.And on In Love Again, the album closes out with a magnificently epic anthem driven bydreamy guitar tones, lilting piano melodies,and a particularly elegantperformance from Reading (Im really proud of the nuanced drum beat and the percussion odyssey at the end, she notes.And yes, there are bongos on the track).Themostundeniably hopeful moment on Patience, In Love Again telegraphs utterjoy and awein its heart-on-sleevelyrics. I always want our records to end in a place of optimism, says Dabice. The songs take you on a journey through all these very toxic emotions and traumatic experiences, but what Im trying to articulate is that something good can come from getting through allthat.The push toward transformationhas long propelled the songwriting of Mannequin Pussy, whoformedas a duo when childhood friends Dabice and Paul reconnected after years apart. At the time, Dabice had recently returnedto the East Coastfrom Coloradoin order to help take care of her mother, whodjustsuffered a stroke. It was one of the most trying times of my life, and at some point my mom suggested that I try going to therapy, Dabice recalls. But insteadI was like, I think Im just gonna learn to play guitar. I didnt want to talk to anyone; I just wanted to lose myself in the creative process. Once she and Paul played music together, they discovered a chemistry she now describes as magical. We created so much in such a short period of time, Dabice says. We never even thought of making records or anythingit was just this pure emotional outlet, just us screaming onstage with our guitars. As they continued collaborating, Dabice and Paul lateradded Reading and Regisfordto the lineup, making their debut with GP in 2014 and releasing Romanticin fall2016. Recently signed to Epitaph, Mannequin Pussyfound themselves newlyrevitalized in the writing and recordingof Patience, their creative connectionstronger than ever. Im soproud of how hard weve worked to get to this point, says Dabice. Thisalbum sounds exactly how Ive alwayswantedus to soundIve never listened to something weve made and felt so inspired by it.As Dabice explains, the bands journey towardthemaking of Patiencepartly inspired the albums title.I think you have to be patient that youll find the sound thats in your head, she says. Its okay to take your time if you cant figure it out right awayyouve got to just trust that youll get there eventually. And within that process, Mannequin Pussy have continually foundthe emotional release thatultimatelymakes their music so powerful. Feeling isolated in your most toxic experiences can slowly destroy you from the inside, but going through the motion of creating something can make you feel at peace, Dabice says. And the real beauty is that, by sharingyour experience, it helps other people to feel less aloneas well. Thats what weve always searched for with our music, and I dont think that will ever change for us.

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