DIE MANNEQUIN – NEON ZERO – FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

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NEON ZERO

FEATURE ALBUM REVIEW

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 

Toronto’s female fronted punk rockers Die Mannequin released their third studio album Neon Zero today! They will be celebrating tonight at Cherry Colas where Tony and Care will be spinning their favorite tracks off of the new record. Since receiving this album back in August, I have been listening to it every chance possible and I’m so glad I did! Opening track “Welcome To The Badlands” sets the tone for this musical journey, collectively modern yet retro with an anthemic feel. Their strong first single “Sucker Punch” was an instant ear pleaser, if you haven’t heard it yet I suggest you take a listen and don’t forget to get your copy of Neon Zero. There were a few songs on this record like “Blood In Blood Out” and  “Pretty Persuasion” that I skipped at first listen. Had I not absorbed the records tunes entirely, they wouldn’t have grown on me as they have. Now, “Pretty Persuasion” is one of my favourites, I love the sound of the guitar riffs, they give the track this haunted vibe my ears are drawn to. “Murder On the Dancefloor” is another catchy tune that is worth a listen, compared to their previous records this is the most radio friendly I have heard DM. Quite surprised to tell you the truth but it turned out to be a pretty fucking fantastic surprise!

DIE MANNEQUIN - LIVE @ PRIDE TORONTO 2012
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They have created a vibe that reminds you of 80’s music with a slice of Hip Hop, 90’s, Punk, Grunge and Dance. You can hear all of those influences in there. One track in particular “Girls At the Mall”, reminds me so much of Veruca Salt’s “Volcano Girls” with a little Nirvana to end the track. Very impressed with vocals, major props go out to Care for showcasing her vocal versatility, keep up the amazing work! The band sounded tight, the quality of sound in the production of each sonata is crisp and proper, no ghetto recordings here. “Prettier lips tell prettier lies” from the last tune, “Outta Time” on this eleven track musical adventure is one of my favourite lyrics. I also loved the randomness at the end of the fast paced “Ka-Ching” with the bonus. There are a few tunes like “I’m Just A Girl” that I just couldn’t get into. I tried, and I commend vocals, but the tune itself was a little too Avril Lavignesque for my ears to handle. Neon Zero is worth many listens, from the first time I saw Die Mannequin rock out at the Horseshoe to this album here in 2014 they have come a very long way and I’m liking this new direction. The nicest people you’ll ever encounter, and so beyond talented! Die Mannequin is; Care Failure – Vocals/Guitar, Anthony Bleed – Bass/Backing vocals, Stacy Stray – Guitar/Backing vocals and Dazzer Scott on the Drums. NEON ZERO is an essential listening need! Everyone needs to buy this record and support these great Canadian talents, Die Mannequin’s Neon Zero gets 4 music notes ♪♪♪♪ out of 5!  

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY’S BAND OF THE DAY – DIE MANNEQUIN!!!

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY’S

BAND OF THE DAY

DIE MANNEQUIN!

 

 By: Fridae Mattas

 

Canadian shit disturbers “Die Mannequin” are back with a new “Neon Zero” feel for everyone to groove with! Watch the new video below, read the press release and sooner rather than later you can read my review on the new record. Buy “Sucker Punch” here and keep your ears and eyes open for the new album “Neon Zero” to be released in October!

Die Mannequin is:

Care Failure – Vox/Guitar

Tony Bleed – Bass

Dazzer Scott – Drums

Stacy Stray – Guitar

“Proving people wrong is my favourite pastime,” laughs the singer-guitarist. “I always feel like I have something to prove. It’s kind of in my DNA. I know people have been like, ‘Oh crap, what is Die Mannequin doing?’ Because I haven’t been in the forefront for the last few years. I’ve been regrouping. But now I’m back.”

And back in the grPasted Graphic 24oove. Make that a new groove. A neon groove. Neon Zero, the band’s third full-length and their first for eOne Music Canada, finds Die Mannequin not just resurrected but reborn. Rejuvenated. And retooling their wham-bam-thank-you-man punk and guttersnipe metal with an inspired injection of edgy electronics, big beats, massive melodies and polished production. It’s the sound of the mosh pit invading the club floor (and vice versa). The look of a studded leather jacket over a miniskirt and heels. The equivalent of Courtney Love sucker-punching Metric’s Emily Haines and teaching Iggy Azalea the real meaning of a new classic. You need it simpler? It’s an album that puts the DM in EDM. And turns it into Evil Dance Metal.

You could call it a comeback. An evolution. Even a revolution. But you already know what Failure will say about that.

“It’s really just been a natural progression,” she explains. “If it sounds like a big change for people, that’s just because of the years between the last record (2009’s Juno-nominated Fino + Bleed) and now. I’ve been DJing quite a bit over the past few years, and what I do is very contemporary and quite dancey. And I’ve been writing a lot on piano again. I’ve always had so many different influences that weren’t necessarily just rock. But when I started in music I was 14 and 15 and I kind of got stuck in this teenage punk hell of having to play the same songs for 10 years.”

Well, it hasn’t all been hell. Those songs — like Do it or Die and Saved by Strangers (from their EP-compilation Unicorn Steak), not to mention their 2009 top-20 track Bad Medicine — helped Failure and longtime partner-in-grime bassist Tony Bleed crawl their way from underground clubs to arena stages where they’ve opened for dudes named Marilyn and Axl. Along the way, they earned that Juno nom for Rock Album of the Year, along with a nod in the New Group category. But for every high on the rock ’n’ roller coaster there’s a comedown, and Failure has been no exception to the same catalog of professional setbacks and personal indiscretions as countless other fluorescent heroes.

Getting here from there didn’t come easy. But then, nothing good does. And even if it did, Failure doesn’t do easy. For Neon Zero, she spent eight months of madness holed up with co-producers Arion Anderson and Nathan Quinn and mixed by Gavin Brown (Metric, Billy Talent, The Trews) and Lenny DeRose (Metric, Hey Ocean, Walk Off The Earth), sleeping in the studio and painstakingly crafting these tracks — mostly by herself, mostly from scratch. Then she got down to business, bashing and belting out the bulk of the album in an eight-day marathon with Vancouver’s Andrew Conroy. The ends justify her means. The stomping swagger of first single Sucker Punch, the ecstasy and violence of Welcome to the Badlands, the pulsing fuzz of Murder on the Dance Floor, the grind-groove of Knock Me Out, the ominous slow-burn of Pretty Persuasion, the live-for-the-moment anthem We Own the Night, even the tender-hearted neo-balladry of I’m Just a Girl — they upgrade and update DM’s scrawled sonic signature with sharp synths, layered vocals, undeniable grooves. But Diemaniacs needn’t fear the repurposing — it all comes without sacrificing one iota of Failure’s guitar-shredding grit.

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“I am such a riffy chick,” she admits. “I can’t help myself. I’m a guitar wanker. There is never enough rock in it for me. I love bands like Sleigh Bells and The Kills, where you have both electronic and rock. That was the whole point, to show you could have it all together. It’s trickier. You have to put more brainpower into it. But when it works, it’s way deep and way more guttural. The music sounds better when you can get it to run hand in hand.”

Now, freed from the shackles of her past, with the most focused, consistent and fully realized work of her career firmly in hand, Failure is ready to run headlong into the future.

“I made this album because I want to kick down doors,” she explains. “I want to be able to really evolve and grow as an artist and not have to do the same old thing again. I don’t want to have to play by the rules. That’s why I needed to do this.”

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FRIDAE TV’S TOP 10 LIVE OF 2012

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TOP 10 LIVE

OF

2012

 

By: Fridae Mattas

 Here we are again! Another Entertainment filled year of FridaeTV coverage ends and a new year of fun journeys begins! The year of 2012 had many incredible live moments and just as many failed attempts by bands new and old. Below is the list of the top ten best live artists I have had the pleasure of covering this year, they all have that something special that transcends on stage. You can find the reviews in the archives as well as videos on Fridae TV Youtube and photos not in the galleries on Fridae TV Facebook. I am very excited as to what the new year will bring! Wishing everyone an amazing 2013, thank you for all the love and support!

Much Love xo Fridae

TOP TEN LIVE OF 2012

#1 – DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN

GREG PUCIATO - VOCALS - DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - HEAVYT.O. 2012,

#2 – SALT-N-PEPA

SALT N PEPA LIVE @ CNE BANDSHELL BEER FEST TORONTO 2012

#3 – THRICE

THRICE LIVE @ THE KOOL HAUS MAY 30TH 2012

#4 – COLLIE BUDDZ

#5 – DEFTONES

#6 – EMELI SANDÉ

#7 – REFUSED

#8 – SYSTEM OF A DOWN

#9 – THE WALLFLOWERS

#10- BILLY TALENT

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

SLIPKNOT

DIE MANNEQUIN

THE TEA PARTY

SIX SIDE DIE

ENTER SHIKARI

BREACHED

NICK CARTER

THE WANTED

 

BANDS TO WATCH!

THE PACK A.D.

THE JOY ARSON

NEVEREST

THE SUBURBIANS

 

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PRIDE TORONTO 2012 – FEATURE EDITORIAL

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PRIDE TORONTO 2012

FEATURE EDITORIAL

By: Fridae Mattas

Another Pride has passed us by, it was filled with love, laughter and music. This year was the 32nd year for Pride Week in Toronto with three parades; Trans March, Dyke March and the ever famous Pride Parade to end the week off. As always Toronto never just has one thing going on and this year it was the Canada Day long weekend adding even more events across the city. I was torn didn’t know if I would make it this year, I missed the Dyke March and the major Parade on Sunday July 1st but I did manage to hit up the Trans March on Friday June 29th.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

It was my first time observing the Trans March as they walked down Church, people didn’t know what was going on, it was very random and kind of rude that people were passing through as the Marchers tried to make their way. Unlike the bigger parades which have barricades along the route, the Trans March had nothing to keep the public from interrupting. Next year I suggest a few police officers guiding the March if there are no barricades to inform the public to keep to the side of the road.

So many fantastic performances by amazing bands and Queen’s! It was the first time I saw ‘The Cliks’ who’s Frontman Lucas Silvera once had a female exterior. They were fantastic, Silvera has a really good voice, I do wish he used his diaphragm a little more. But! It could have been mainly due to the nervous pre-proposal jitters. Silvera proposed to his girlfriend ‘Sky’ mid set after she sang a tune with them. Her answer was yes! I am so happy for the couple, I wish them all the best with endless years of wedded bliss! The band put on a great set, the crowd loved them.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd for FridaeTV

This was a Pride of musical firsts for me Bif Naked was performing next, never have seen her perform live and I’ve been a fan of her music since I first heard ‘Spaceman’ in my early teens. I absolutely loved that she opened the set with that track. She performed most of her hits, all with such vitality and heart, you could tell she was thrilled to be up on that stage. Such a strong amazing Woman who has survived her battle with cancer and three months before Pride she had heart surgery, yet here she was rocking out on stage for the people.

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd For FridaeTV

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd for FridaeTV

I admire her will and determination but also her love of life, Beth Torbert aka ‘Bif Naked‘ is incredible in every sense of the word. You can see videos of everyone I filmed including Bif’s performance here and more photos can be found here. Huge thanks to everyone at Pride Toronto for everything and Jaylyn Todd for the amazing shots of Bif!

Photography By: Jaylyn Todd for FridaeTV
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Continuing on with the firsts was Corey Hart, yes that Corey Hart! He has emerged from hibernation after ten years with a refreshed song called ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’ featuring DJ 1Love who is the inspiration behind the rewind. For a fifty year old he put on a very energetic set! Proudly declaring his heterosexuality, he also stated how he will always be a proud ally and supporter of the LGBTTIQQ2SA communities. Corey Hart can probably move quicker than Jagger, with his Canadian swagger and stellar vocals singing all of his hits with a few covers sprinkled in. The opening song and his biggest hit ‘Sunglasses At Night’ was a great choice, the ocean of people were loving every minute of Corey Hart as he was loving every minute of being on that stage, reliving his glory days. If you think about it, everyone who wears their sunglasses at night and indoors owes it to Corey, he started that trend! You can find videos of Corey Hart’s pride performance here and photos on FridaeTV facebook.

The last of the performances I was checking out was Die Mannequin, I had to cover them because A. They are awesome and B. My footage from NXNE was magically erased. They always put on a set you will never forget, especially with a front Woman like Care, she does what she feels, if she wants to migrate into the audience and sing, she goes into the crowd, if she wants to whip the sticks on the cans she goes and drums away. A female who truly entertains, I doubt anyone will ever see a rocker chick like Care throw it down. The band was super tight, Dazzer kept the beat in solid flow, Bleed was more into it and even the mellow Stacy Stray on the Axe was completely on his game. The Pride performance was probably the best I have  seen, they are all starting to come out of their shells to join in on Care’s shenanigans. When we arrived to the Alexander Parkette where the stage was set up, about twenty or so people were waiting for the band. I like it when there are more people to see a band especially outside, I decided to tweet a shot of the band setting up, moments later it was retweeted by the band and those joint tweetings caused a nicely sized crowd gather. That was exactly what I wanted to happen, domino effect. If you have not seen this band live, do it! They put on a performance not to be missed!

It bothers me that people are not being treated equally, everyone should be able to be who they are and find love with whomever they choose regardless of their sexual orientation. We as humans have to keep evolving and there are some that need more time to come up to speed with today’s reality. I will always be a proud ally, everyone should have that mindset but growing up in the 90’s, you come to realize not everyone has the same viewpoints.

Help spread the word of unity, freedom, peace, and equality with amazing people. All they want is the same freedoms we heteros have, who is anyone to deny someone a chance at true love or divorce? So many incredible influential people have recently come out and I know there are many of you still in the closet, it’s okay don’t be shy, there are millions of people who will accept you for who you really are. Remember that we all breathe, bleed and break the same, love everyone!

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