It isnâ€™t easy to pull off punk in a time when the sounds and sights of the subculture have been commercialized to the farthest ends of Planet Retail, but every once in a while comes a band that can break out of the teen demographic that bands can get stuck in. Torontoâ€™s Die Mannequin â€“ a trio of fierce musicians that have collaborated with MSTRKRFT, Ian Dâ€™sa of Billy Talent, and Junior Sanchez for their first two Eps â€“ are exactly that kind of ragdoll rock iconoclast.
Combining the Canadian releases â€œHow To Killâ€ and â€œSlaughter Daughter,â€ Die Mannequin will release â€œUnicorn Steakâ€ as a digital release in November to coincide with their first real tour of the states after a successful welcome at this yearâ€™s SXSW and a sonic maraud of European and Canadian audiences for the last 18 months. Theyâ€™re impressive not by meeting the requirements of being a full package â€“ the look, the sound, the production and the inexpressible element that pulls you in â€“ but by being chock full of thunderous onslaught and as tender as a bleeding heart.
We could return all the way to the femme punk height of the 70s and 80s with Blondie and Siouxsie all the way through to Courtney Love, Karen O and Brody Dalle. Times change and genres come and go, but a woman like Care Failure â€“ the female lead and eminent presence of Die Mannequin â€“ is just the kind to re-energize the waxing of an ever-changing current of rock nâ€™ roll.
Oh yeah, and at the dawn of their US release, theyâ€™ve already played more arenas and stadiums than most bands will ever see in their career (handpicked to support the Deftones, Sum 41 & Finger Eleven, and Buckcherry on their full Canadian tour, as well as select dates with Billy Talent, Alexisonfire, and Guns Nâ€™ Roses).
â€œFailure is refreshingly humble, even in the face of burgeoning success…as the saying goes, what doesnâ€™t kill you only makes you stronger. The trials and tribulations of Care Failureâ€™s youth are merely stepping-stones for this music maiden.â€ – The Nerve Magazine
iTunes featured â€œAutumn Cannibalistâ€ from Die Mannequinâ€™s first EP How to Kill as Single of the Week…close to 200,000 people downloaded the song.
Listen to â€œAutumn Cannibalistâ€ here: