Once again Canada has produced another killer Rock band with a raw, intense and in your face style of music called Die Mannequin. When Andrew from Warner Music emailed me asking if I was interested in speaking with them, I jumped at the opportunity. Being a Marilyn Manson music fan, I was already aware of the fact that this energetic group of artists was in fact the opening act on his Canadian tour this fall.
Lead Singer & Lead Guitarist Care Failure leads her pack with an absolute intense stage show that draws a music fan in so easily. She commands the stage and gives every ounce of her energy to everyone who came to see the show. Taking it as far as she can, Care even jumped into the media pit, straddled the barrier while carrying on with the song, to then later jump off of the stage again & head up the aisle to drop to her knees to rip out her solo for us. Her other band mates are Anthony Bleed (Bass/Back-up Vocals), Stacy Stray (Guitar/Back-Up Vocals), Daz (Drums). United, this group can come back to Calgary anytime – it’s a show worth seeing people.
A few weeks before the show, I managed to catch up with care and talk to her about what was going on in her world and see what is new for Die Mannequin.
CF: (Chuckles) I’m a female? Last time I checked I guess I do have a vagina (laughing) I don’t know…my vagina doesn’t give many orders to the guys so….usually I do that with the other lips. I guess it’s OK I guess I forget if I’m a man or a woman on stage – I guess it’s kinda like uh more of an a-sexual feeling. I get treated like a guy.
TFL: Do you find with gigs or working with other bands or even on tours that being a female fronted band that there is a difference in how you’re treated or looked upon or is it pretty equal?
CF: Um…It depends upon the eye of the beholder. It’s really strange like some people don’t take another look & I mean some people they don’t like to shut up and play bass guitar for a woman or when they do my sound check they put my guitar way low cause they think I can’t play it and turn my vocals way up cause they think I’m going to sing really quietly or something. I mean there’s always those obstacles but for the most part you can use it to your advantage – I mean how many other girls can play guitar the way I do and sing in a low way and sing from a guttural place I mean not many so I use it as an advantage too.
TFL: So new album ‘Fino + Bleed’ – you’ve got great vocals girl…like really impressive vocals. I think ‘Bad Medicine’ is my favorite track so far.
CF: Awesome – yeah that song was my favorite from the beginning.
TFL: Now tell me how this fabulous opportunity to open for Marilyn Manson came to your attention.
CF: I guess…we get a lot of tours but a lot of these American bands coming through Canada…I heard that Marilyn Manson had a large part in picking us. It’s kinda weird like we can open up for ‘The Anitchrist’ but we open up for Hedley in places with 8 year old girls. It’s cool that our band can kind of jump genres like that because we’re kind of undefinable genre wise. It’s really cool in that way and way cooler that Marilyn Manson had a large part and he can play with who ever the f*** he wants to play with & that he wants to play with us is really cool. The Antichrist has warmed my heart (chuckles).
TFL: When did you decide that music is what you wanted to do Care?
CF: Ole enough to be able to sit on a piano bench and loved that until I was 10, then I thought it was ‘uncool’. I was stupid to think that because piano is amazing but I started playing an old guitar I found in the basement at my parents house when I was a kid. I don’t know, it’s just in my bones…I don’t even know why I do what I do and I just do it. Music is not the place to make money these days & there’s lots of other industries and it’s not a smart decision but it’s from the heart more.
TFL: So what’s in the future for you guys? What’s on the table for Die Mannequin?
CF: Hopefully some food….um (laughing)
CF: (laughing) Sorry about that…I was just teasing. I just go by territory to territory. I mean we go to Germany a lot, we’ve been there 6 times in the last year & they really love us there. Japan is catching on & the States…so I just take it territory by territory, month by month, grease spot by grease spot.
TFL: So if I were to pick up your Ipod or MP3 player, would there be any songs on there that might make me look at you and ask WTF???
CF: Oh for sure!! (laughs) I have everything on there…90210 theme song, a lot of Aretha Franklin, I also like the Four Tops & I like a lot of old Motown. Motown gets me ya know.
TFL: Great music is great music..I always say that. I may focus on Rock and metal but as long as the music is good…it doesn’t matter what genre it is.
CF: Exactly. I mean everyone asks me ‘What kind of music do you like?’ and I tell them I like GOOD music!
TFL: Is there anything you would like your fans to know?
CF: Yeah for sure. I wanted to make this record sound more like our live show - the spirit and the intensity We put this record together for a reason because I think that there used to be records that were worth buying where every song was listenable & shows worth going to where they actually put on a real show.
Let me assure you my friends, Die Mannequin goes above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to putting on a live show. Personally I’ll be a Die Mannequin fan for life. Care’s vocals have such an impact – she has her own way of belting out her songs that cannot be compared to another artist – THAT is what I love so much about this band.
Thanks so much Care for your time & special thanks to Andrew at Warner Music for setting up the interview! A very special thanks to Paul at the concert & Chad from Live Nation for being so courteous.
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