Philadelphia punks Mannequin Pussy have a new EP out. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called Perfect. Reportedly, the band, now consisting of vocalist and guitarist Marisa Dabice, drummer Kaleen Reading, and bassist and vocalist Colins Regisford (Athanasios Paul is out there writing a new chapter in his life according to the rest of the band. God speed.) entered the studio without having anything written for the first time in their career. The performances they shaved, molded, and cured by the oven light of their souls were all written and recorded during the first meet up by the band since the start of the pandemic. Which just so happened to be in the studio.

It’s easy to picture them working through this material and reherssing for the record, and after they get through each song the first time with out any mistakes one of them announces, “perfect” through their mask. I’m not saying this is where the album title cam from, but I am saying that such an image of playfully comroderary and determination is fairly representative of the moods and sounds of the album.

“Control” has a lo-key, Charlie Bliss on the downswing vibe to it’s strummy, late ’90s pop-punk rattle and anxious rinse. The title track is a sweaty rager that keeps the ’90s guitar tones and grooves rolling with some grungy gash forming chords that will spill your feels all over the floor (along with most of your guts). “To Lose You” has a little bit more of a meloncoly melo punk quality, sounding like Lucy Dacus fronting the Menzingers. After that Colins takes the lead on vocals for a Wasted Time styled hardcore screed against State practitioners of violence and their vermin-brained, bootlicking apologists on “Pigs is Pigs.” Perfect then winds down with the breathy dream-pop ballad “Darling,” which reminds one a little bit of Kississippi in her more resigned and reflective sonic self-portriats.

You can buy/stream Mannequin Pussy’s Perfect via Bandcamp below:

Perfect is out via Epitaph Records. There are no vinyl or cassettes available at this point. Although, they do have pins and shorts available through their website.

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