Edmonton 16 May 2012
Real punks wear ripped tights, red lipstick and other bands shirts. Real punks writhe on filthy floors playing ripping guitar and real punks aggravate their band mates. Real punks drink beer, treat their instruments badly and they don’t brush their hair.
Die Mannequin are real punks.
Do not let this take away from the music.
Stars of the recently released cult Bruce McDonald movie Hard Core Logo 2 and musicians behind the soon to be released Danceland EP, Die Mannequin can put out live. FACT.
Singer Care F has an original, chilling, sharp and stunning vocal.
To say that her audience is engaging would be the understatement of the Millennia. Ms F is in the crowd, on the tables and convulsing on the stage. Crotch shots at a Die Mannequin show would be easy, but that is not what this is about.
Care F could be likened to a professional fisherman, although she lacks a pair of waders and a floppy hat. Slowly and with patience, she hooks the audience, she reels them in, releases them, gives them some slack, room to breathe.
Before they know it the frenzied audience, starved of oxygen become Die Mannequin, on the stage, part of the show. They also leave as quickly as they came.
Ms F is the dominant female in this chamber of delights. There is not a single doubt about it. Everyone does as they are told and they do it NOW!
Bassist Tony Bleed, drummer Daz and guitarist Stacy are the undeniable subordinates. The backup band? Pussy whipped into shape at every possible opportunity. They are necessary to provide a decent amount of noise, but if she had to, Ms F really could pull this off on her own. She is a rock star, a movie star. She just is!
A nine year veteran of live shows, Care F has it down.
This show has it all; hard hitting real lyrics, grinding music, spitting and a front woman who brings it all to life. No excuses.
Now gear up for the June 12 release of Danceland. Care insists!
by Karen Graham 23 May 2012