Mannequin Pussy

Mannequin Pussy

Performers:
Mannequin Pussy
Kississippi
Ages 18+
Mannequin Pussy& Kississippi appearing at Saturn in Birmingham, AL

Mannequin Pussy

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 Romantic—a 2016 releasepraised by Pitchfork for “combin[ing] punk, shoegaze, death metal, and more, with the ferociouspush-pull energy of a mosh pit”—Patiencecame 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 there’s 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 Pussy’s wildvolatility with a narrative voice that’s oftenpainfully vulnerable.On “Drunk II,” for instance, Dabice’s vocals shift from fragile to furious, the track’s stormyguitar work colliding with lyricscapturingthe griefof post-breakup inertia. “I wrote that song one night when I was very heartbroken, afterI’d been out with friends trying to pretend like I wasn’t 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 delicatelysprawling“High 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 I’d 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 who’ve 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 (“I’m 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 I’m 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, who’djustsuffered 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 I’m just gonna learn to play guitar.’ I didn’t 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 anything—it 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. “I’m soproud of how hard we’ve worked to get to this point,” says Dabice. “Thisalbum sounds exactly how I’ve alwayswantedus to sound—I’ve never listened to something we’ve made and felt so inspired by it.”As Dabice explains, the band’s journey towardthemaking of Patiencepartly inspired the album’s title.“I think you have to be patient that you’ll find the sound that’s in your head,” she says. “It’s okay to take your time if you can’t figure it out right away—you’ve got to just trust that you’ll 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. That’s what we’ve always searched for with our music, and I don’t think that will ever change for us.”

Kississippi

Since 2014, Zoe Reynolds has been making music under the Kississippi moniker, but the release of her debut full length, Sunset Blush signals a change for the artist. Following a series of demo releases and EPs, Reynolds believes she has finally found her voice, calling Sunset Blush an honest recognition of the music she always wanted to make. The album fully immerses listeners in Kississippi’s sincerely heartfelt world, with Reynolds sharing every strength and struggle that fueled her writing. The album’s namesake comes from a flavor of boxed wine that’s frequently appeared throughout Reynolds’ adulthood; consumed on rooftops reached by ladders or in between sets at house shows. The album enlivens these moments saturated in nostalgia for listeners, Sunset Blush is more than just a debut, it’s Reynolds’ reassurance to herself and others that even when things are at their worst, brighter days are ahead, and you have the strength needed to get through it.

Venue Information:
Saturn
200 41st Street S
Birmingham, AL, 35222