MANNEQUIN PUSSY SELLS OUT THE ECHO WITH EASE

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The hype around Mannequin Pussy is real. Since their signing with Epitaph Records this year their name has been attached to numerous high profile tours and festivals, and now on their current headlining tour of the United States, they are backing up that hype very easily with a scorching set of punk rock singalongs and high energy. But, more on that in a minute. They weren’t the only ones bringing their energy to sold-out Echo in Los Angeles this Wednesday night.

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First up was New York City’s T-Rextasy. These ladies were a great warm-up, bringing their high spirited, quirky songs including a short cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” which led into one of their own songs. Lead vocalist Lyris Faron is a ball of chaos, alternating from sly crooning to screaming and flying through the air, and down into the crowd to get up close and personal with everyone. Overall, they brought good vibes and some comedic moments, particularly on a song about “gap year boys” in which bassist Annie Fidoten recounted a tale of a Tinder date gone wrong, and drummer Ebun Nazon-Power told her own story of a kombucha making boy who ghosted her before she even got to try the kombucha. A fun start to the evening, for sure, as the room quickly filled up.

Following T-Rextasy was Empath, an art-noise-punk band from Philadelphia. Their songs alternated between looped keyboard noise and swirling guitar effects into straight-ahead fast-paced punk rock. At points, they reminded me of the more epic sounding build-up parts of mid-2000s band Parts & Labor. As a bassless 4-piece consisting of 2 keyboards, a guitar, and drums, there was no lack of bottom end to their sound. Their sound would go from a straight-up wall of noise to very mellow, jangly, pretty single-note guitar melodies. Throughout the set they ran a loop of bird sounds AND, they had a bubble machine!! You can’t have a bad night if there’s a bubble machine!

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Headliners Mannequin Pussy wasted no time igniting the already hyped up sold-out crowd. Opening with “Patience”, off of their latest Epitaph Records release of the same name, the crowd and band were immediately engaged as one, as everyone bounced up and down and surged forward in joyous excitement.

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The dual guitar attack provided by lead singer Marisa Dabice and guitarist Thanasi Paul sounded thick, aggressive, and polished as they barreled through a number of songs both off of new album Patience and previous release Romantic.

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Pausing briefly after the first two songs to check on the crowd and make sure everyone was feeling safe and having fun, an audience member called out “thanks pit mom!” to which Dabice replied, “I’m more of a pit daddy”, before ripping into “Emotional High” off of their second album Romantic. The night continued to be peppered with witty banter from Dabice, a few songs off their first full-length Gypsy Pervert, and even a birthday singalong for bassist Bear Regisford.

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And, let’s not forget drummer Kaleen Reading holding it down in the back on everything from straight-up punk songs like “Everything” to balladesque songs like “High Horse”, the latter of which prompted Marisa Dabice to quip, “Congratulations, you made it through the slowest part of the set!” After playing a new song (“Control”) and current single and crowd favorite “Drunk II”, Dabice shed her guitar for a handful of songs while rolling around on stage and briefly in the crowd.

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The crowd, at its definite highest level of energy, responded by giving back everything the band was giving, holding her above the crowd and thrusting her back towards the stage.

The hype for this band is real. The band is the real article, and they deliver. Go see them NOW before they are playing in rooms ten times the size of The Echo and you’re lamenting the fact that tickets sold out in 5 minutes.

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