A punk rock band whose music is emotionally raw but leaves room for emotions other than rage, Mannequin Pussy are also an example of that rare phenomenon, a band that moved away from New York City to make its mark.
Mannequin Pussy were formed in 2013 by Marisa Dabice (vocals and guitar) and Thanasi Paul (guitar), who had been friends since they were children. The two began making music as a duo, but after moving to Philadelphia as they began refining their sound, they became a trio with the addition of drummer Drew Adler. The band released a debut album in 2013, Gypsy Pervert, also known as GP. The album received positive press in the indie-punk media, which attracted the attention of independent punk label Tiny Engines Records, who reissued Gypsy Pervert in 2014. Mannequin Pussy hit the road, touring in support of the album, and by the time they were ready to record again, they had a new lineup. Drummer Adler was out, and along with new timekeeper Kaleen Reading, the band also added bassist Colins Regisford, also known as Bear. The four-piece edition of Mannequin Pussy cut a second album, Romantic, which was released by Tiny Engines in October 2016. The album, short but strong at under 20 minutes, received enthusiastic reviews, with critic James Rettig saying Mannequin Pussy "possess the fury of a thrashing hardcore band and the intense beating heart of something more interior, and their ability to balance both sides of that equation has only gotten stronger the further they get into their career." ~ Mark Deming