New song: Mannequin Pussy – Who You Are

Always on the ball, it’s apt that Mannequin Pussy’s latest single ‘Who Are You’ takes on power structures just days after Alabama essentially outlawed abortion. While it isn’t about power structures *ahem white men* controlling what we do with our bodies, it is about their power to make us inflict hatred on our bodies and our selves.

Writing in a post on their Twitter page, the band said: “I realised this song is more about dismantling the systems/people who actively encourage others to hate themselves. Self hatred is taught to us so how do we unlearn it?” 

On the battlefield of change, singer/guitarist Marisa Dabice sounds cool, calm; much more restrained than when she relived unrequited love on previous single ‘Drunk II’ – one of our 15 favourite songs from April. The frankness that saw her sing ‘I still love you, you stupid fuck’ is still here in buckets, see ‘Look in the mirror/Wish I was somebody else’ for evidence.

The song opens with Dabice bemoaning the current state of things over restrained guitars and soft drums, before she rises out of her depression as the guitars ramp up or notch or two and the drums roll, singing “I love who you are/you don’t have to change.” Eventually she sings “I felt the earth move in your eyes.” She was looking in the mirror. 

Patience is out on Epitath on June 21.

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