Mannequin Pussy | Future Yard

We’re thrilled to have Philadelphia punk band Mannequin Pussy taking the Future Yard stage in July. The trio join us in support of their brand new EP Perfecta five-song collection that burst forth out of the social isolation and internet fuelled-anxiety of lockdown and back into the newly packed room of strangers with some of the most furious, incandescent songs the band have released to date. Experience them live with us this summer.
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On Perfect, the trio’s self-imposed restraint and careful habituation over the past year cracked open. On title track, lead singer Missy sings about the practice of condensing your daily life into a manicured stream of images for social media, an urge that only intensified after daily life grew barren. What happens to the social impulse when everyone you love or even like is leveled into a set of pixels — when you’re compelled repeatedly to funnel your own life into that algorithmic slurry, and wait to see how it’s received? “It was a really weird psychological experience, being bombarded by images of other people constantly when you are not around a lot of other people,” Missy says. “I’m still understanding the way we use the internet to make our lives feel and look perfect. Our lives aren’t supposed to look good right now.”

Even the songs written before the pandemic take on a new valence after a year of its frustrations. “I’m in control / That’s what I tell myself when all the walls around me close in,” Missy sings in the prescient opening lines of “Control.” Tuneful and brash, with a white-hot molten core, the songs on Perfect thrash against the learned helplessness that has settled in on the cellular level under lockdown. Social media algorithms apply pressure to perform even from the depths of that powerlessness, to construct the image of a bountiful life in times of extreme scarcity. From the smolder of “Pigs is Pigs” to the melancholic, contemplative “Darling,” perfect digs into the cracks of that compulsory veneer, and let loose everything simmering beneath it. The anger, frustration, loneliness, and resentment of a year spent locked away all come sputtering forth. And once they’ve rushed out, once the air clears from their tumult, there’s suddenly a little more space to seek out calm, to find solace. There’s an opening forward into whatever comes next in the rush and the mess of living.

Mannequin Pussy

Future Yard presents
Mannequin Pussy
Tuesday 5th July 2022
7pm doors
75 Argyle Street
£14 advance
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Tickets available online in advance or in person at the Future Yard Box Office.
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