Mannequin Pussy - Patience - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Mannequin Pussy - Patience

by Tim Sentz Rating:8 Release Date:2019-06-21
Mannequin Pussy - Patience
Mannequin Pussy - Patience

With 2016’s Romantic, Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy established themselves at the forefront of modern riot grrl punk. Romantic came during a time that punk bands needed to make a stand, with the impending 2016 election looming over everyone’s heads. Mannequin Pussy toured extensively and joined the ranks of other buzzy punk bands like Dilly Dally, Tacocat, and Perfect Pussy (RIP). Returning three years later with Patience, Mannequin Pussy pivot slightly to a more looser sound, one that incorporates more pop than punk at times. In essence, the album title works because it asks the listener to be patient with an album that on the surface - based on the lead-up singles - “Drunk II” and “Who You Are” - sounds like a complete one-eighty towards the fuzzy warm blanket of pop-punk.

This actually isn’t the case with Patience. While it’s less abrasive than Romantic, it’s every bit as thrilling. The title track might seem deceiving at first, sharing more in common with the likes of Swearin’ than Sonic Youth, but as it progresses and becomes a danceable punk track for the youth of America to lose their shit to. The longest track on the already short album is “Drunk II” at four and a half minutes, and is quite possibly the best track by the band to date. It’s statement on a heartache and excessive inebriation is pretty apt to teens and young adults everywhere. Even if you’ve never experienced these things, Marisa Dabice speaks directly to those plagued by these experiences and then some, her reach is far and comforting. It’s almost as if she wants to impart some knowledge to those who will undoubtedly follow this path soon.

Patience isn’t a “looking down on bad people” record though, Dabice is clearly in reflection mode here - just look at “Cream,” the first of a handful old-school Mannequin Pussy tracks. Aggressively screaming that she’s “looking at the gates of Hell” and that she was living her life. Patience takes its time to unravel around us, like on “High Horse,” spending almost half the track in this swirling shoegaze riff, before crushing our ears with a soaring “I fucked up.” They casually pivot to the lovely balance of harmonies on “Who You Are,” resembling early pop-punk greats like Paramore.

There’s this dynamic that Mannequin Pussy utilizes on Patience, balancing out the aggressiveness and the pop - the one-two punch of “Clams” and “F.U.C.A.W” is particularly rousing, as the cuts chug along like something you’d find on Priests' debut EP Bodies and Control and Money and Power. These acts are pushing the limits of what is considered acceptable punk in today’s market. They don’t hold anything back, but they also make it certifiably cool and effortless at the same time. Mannequin Pussy has a lot to say on Patience, and they convey it breathtakingly.

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