So first things first. You guys were amazing at the 215 Block Party. I
want to know how you were able to get on the bill. Were you doing it
to play to a bigger audience or just wanting to go check out the Yeah
I mean, the YYY are truly my favorite rock band of all time and I never thought I would get to see them play live, let alone be asked to play on the same bill as them. I don’t know why we got asked to play it but we did and I’m so happy it came our way! That night was one of the highlights of my entire career playing music. We’ve played for big audiences before and it honestly doesn’t feel THAT different than playing in a small club - a show is a show and you have to treat them all the same. Sonically speaking , playing outside can be challenging but the whole day was incredible.
What's the genesis of Mannequin Pussy and where did the name come from?
Sorry, we've been a band for seven years and have been asked this question
HUNDREDS of times. Do a quick google search and you'll find the story.
Do you get any pushback due to the band name?
Not from anyone who matters. There was apparently no pushback from promoters, we just got added as a local band after the posters had been made up - it didn’t have to do with our name, just the timing (or so the president of goose island told me!)
What are some of the places you are looking to play in the future? Is
it important to leave the Philly area once in a while to get a change
We'd love to play in Japan and Australia. It's important to leave the
Philly area if you want people outside of Philly to know that you
exist. We've been on tour pretty constantly for the past two years so
playing in Philly is almost a rare treat.
What is one story you can share from your experience together as a
band on the road?
One time our van broke down in a whole foods parking lot in...
Phoenix? We had to get towed to the show and by a sheer miracle the
venue was right next to a mechanic. We got a tow to the mechanic and
walked our gear next door to the show - we've got very lucky with that
Any good songwriter pulls from their own experiences. Your music seems
no different. Are there any songs that you are most proud of writing
or maybe one you love playing?
Right now I'm most proud of "Drunk II" a song that will be on the
upcoming record. We've been playing it live for almost two years and
finally recorded it. For me, songwriting at it's best tells an
emotional story that others may be able to relate to. I don't write
any lyrics that I haven't actually felt and gone through - you have to
emotionally commit to every word you say or people will know you're
full of shit.
Any musical influences you have that comes through in your music?
Describe the band for someone who hasn't seen or heard you before?
Aggressive, cathartic, very loud and great to work out or scream along to.
For merch and music, where is the best location for that, other than
going to see you kick a ton of ass live?
Best place is at our bandcamp mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com or through
our Instagram @mannequinpussy
Any new music coming up?
Yes! We're working on our new album right now, it should be out early 2019.
New York style pizza or Philly cheesesteak?
Philly cheesteak on top of a slice of pizza with Whiz on top.