Shitty Interview No.114

Philadelphia indie punk band MANNEQUIN PUSSY release their new EP ‘Perfect‘.

At the start of 2020, everything was looking up for MANNEQUIN PUSSY. The band had released their third album, Patience, and was touring steadily behind it. After nearly a decade of playing, the band finally had gotten the chance to turn music into a full-time occupation. ANd then, COVID-19 reached the United States, rescinding life as many people knew it. For a while, it seemed like maybe the lull would be temporary, a brief pause before things could resume as they were. And then the numbers ballooned, and the months stretched on, and memories of rooms packed with strangers started to feel alien, dangerous even in imagination. MANNEQUIN PUSSY’S new Perfect EP bursts forth from those sprawling months of social isolation and internet-fueled anxiety.

After spending most of the year apart from each other and everyone else in 2020, MANNEQUIN PUSSY decided to book studio time and work together in person again. They brought two pre-written songs into the session but opted to write new material together on the fly from the excitement of reunion. “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.” What came out of that compressed session time with Grammy Nominated producer Will Yip, are some of MANNEQUIN PUSSY’S most furious, incandescent songs yet.

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Sticks & Stones: What pets do you have?
Mannequin Pussy: No pets, only lovers.

Sticks & Stones: What would you wish for?
Mannequin Pussy: A vintage Vivienne Westwood corset in black velvet.

Sticks & Stones: Do you have a song stuck in your head?
Mannequin Pussy: For some reason, I’ve had the Game of Thrones theme stuck in my head all day. Makes everything I do feel more epic.

Sticks & Stones: What are you fucking with right now?
Mannequin Pussy: Really fucking with that new Turnstile EP. Also been watching a ton of Wong-Kar-Wai movies. Also the last of us II, so brutal.

Sticks & Stones: Give us some shitty advice.
Mannequin Pussy: If you start a band and you name it more than one word-put the same amount of letters in each word.

Sticks & Stones: Last thing you ate?
Mannequin Pussy: Oh! Your timing is perfect- I just made lunch, I’ve been doing this thing where I try and eat all the colours every day, so I made a rainbow salad. Carrots, tomatoes, roasted potato, purple cabbage, sauerkraut, avo, fucking good.

Sticks & Stones: Where did you sleep last night?
Mannequin Pussy: Nunya business.

Sticks & Stones: What makes you cry?
Mannequin Pussy: Movie trailers! IDK why but 7 times out of 10 that shit’s making me cry.

Sticks & Stones: What’s overrated?
Mannequin Pussy: Capitalism or the US constitution.

Sticks & Stones: Seen anything cool today?
Mannequin Pussy: Yes! I went for a walk earlier today and saw a lady giving her dog an ice cream cone, it was cute and they both seemed really happy. I tried to draw an ice cream cone but it looks like a carrot.

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