“If you’re on the market for some blistering grunge / punk / noisy pop, Mannequin Death Squad is the band you want”
“Blasts of bratty, sharp-tongued punky noise” – Aural Aggravation
Melbourne punk rock duo Mannequin Death Squad are having an ear-splitting 2019 having already established themselves as a force to the reckoned with in their home town and in Europe. A chance meeting with legendary Australian producer, Mark Opitz (Cold Chisel, Divinyls, INXS, Bad//Dreems), has led the band recently to record a series of Opitz-produced, mind-melting new tracks that will be released over the remainder of 2019.
Late 2018 saw the band release the single Honey Punch which was played on triple j and accompanied by a highly stylized video, directed by the band themselves in a backstreet Fitzroy warehouse. Honey Punch picks up on their favorite themes of chaos, fantasy, ignorance, vanity and destruction – the usual stuff.
Then the band unleashed Blue, released somewhat ironically on Valentines Day 2019. Describing Blue, El says “‘Blue’ is a song I wrote at 16 years of age. It feels to me like an angst break up song. It’s about who we vilify when were feelin kinda blue.” The video for Blue features a lovelorn skateboarding gorilla, Enough said.
Now the band have upped the ante even further with the next single San Fran. It’s a vicious, spitting rant about the evils of mindless consumption – featuring the anthemic lyrics – “You want it all, you want it now” “You buy until you die”and “You’ve got so many god damn useless things”.
You get the picture, right? San Fran is also accompanied by a striking video that sees the band running amok in a deserted factory and pushing a pram through suburbia.
Following three earlier singles (Sick, KYMS and Van Gogh) and the EP Eat, Hate, Regurgitate, the band has already embarked on two tours of the UK and Europe in 2017.
“Eat Hate Regurgitate” is an empowering explosion of raw energy, frothing anger and crucially, great tunes” – Andy Von Pip from The VPME
The sonic assault of Mannequin Death Squad is all the more remarkable with the unholy racket being generated by just Dan and El, alternating on drums, guitar and vocals, creating a huge sound that brings to mind panoramic rock sounds bursting out of a claustrophobic, tight space – the impact is volcanic!
“There is darkness, rebellion and a real sense of the subversive” – “Listen With Monger” on Van Gogh.
In 2019 Mannequin Death Squad are stepping it up a notch or three.