PREVIEW: Mannequin Pussy at the Lilypad (4/7)

Mannequin Pussy is a band that’s both explosive and soft, with songs that speak beyond boundaries. One moment vocalist and guitarist Marisa Dabice is screeching urgently about feelings of crushing loneliness on songs like “Kiss,” and the next we hear her in full grunge rock mode, playfully singing about a bff on “Emotional High.” Truly versatile, bassist Colins “Bear” Regisford, guitarist Thanasi Paul, and drummer Kaleen Reading accomplish so many different sounds on their most recent album, Romantic, it’s no wonder they’re getting booked on the bills of international festivals only months after the release of the late 2016 effort.

With raving reviews from big-name publications like NPR and Pitchfork, this band is going places like, soon. Ya might wanna see them at an intimate venue like the Lilypad so years later you can brag about that time you and 50 other people moshed at a Mannequin Pussy show.

Before the band embarks on a nearly month-long European tour in May, we caught up with Marisa Dabice with just a couple questions about life on the road.

Allston Pudding: What’s your current favorite blastin’ down the highway banger?

Mannequin Pussy: Fortune 🔮 The Marked Men. That whole album makes me wanna drive fast but I don’t because I really like to take risks in cars.

AP: Can you name some bands/musicians you’re currently vibin’ on?

MP: I’ve been listening to the second Strokes record (Room on Fire) a lot again recently – Guess what? It’s still a masterpiece! I also like that new Crying record.

AP: Can you some bands/musicians you hope are vibin’ on you?

MP: I heard RuPaul gets hyped on MP.

AP: What is the raddest perk you’ve gotten for playing a show (i.e. beer from the bar, sick plate of tacos, etc.)?

MP: I got a nice pair of headphones from a record store once that was nice. I recently broke them though 🙁 So if you know any shows that are giving away nice stuff please send them our way.

AP: When someone farts in the van when you’re on tour, what’s the protocol for handing The Situation?

MP: We roll the window down.

Good advice. See Mannequin Pussy this Friday, April 7 at the Lilypad in Cambridge, with The Cavemen and Dazey and the Scouts. $10, All Ages.

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