Mannequin Pussy’s Music Is Performed by a Fake Band in HBO Show Mare of Easttown


    Mannequin Pussy’s Music Is Performed by a Fake Band in HBO Show Mare of Easttown

    Tristan Kinnett May 3rd, 2021 – 9:08 PM

    Mannequin Pussy’s Music Is Performed by a Fake Band in HBO Show Mare of Easttown

    Following the success of the third episode of HBO’s new show Mare of Easttown, fans of Mannequin Pussy are reminded that actress Angourie Rice and her fictional band in the show are playing Mannequin Pussy songs that they re-recorded for the show. Last night, May 2, the new episode debuted, showing the fictional band playing a set at a college radio station.

    The music first appeared when Rice was singing a section from Mannequin Pussy’s 2019 song “Who you Are” during episode 1. Now, the full band gets to shine. Mannequin Pussy is a fitting group because many of their songs deal with themes of love and personal reflection, which Rice’s character relates to. Besides that, they’re Philadelphia locals.

    Mare of Easttown is a show that follows detective Mare Sheehan (played by Kate Winslet) as she investigates the murder of a teenage mother in a small town near Philadelphia, PA. Rice plays Sheehan’s daughter Siobhan.

    Vocalist Marisa “Missy” Dabice announced their involvement in the show once it began airing in April. In a Twitter thread, she commented on how they had been contacted about it by the show’s team over a year ago. Mannequin Pussy were on tour in Europe at the time, so they had been unable to meet with Rice and the band in person to coach them on what it’s like to be a band like Mannequin Pussy. However, they sent Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast in their place to teach them how to act like a band in general.

    Dabice adds that the band was not told which episodes their music would be featured on, and she encourages fans to watch the whole series. It’s a seven-episode miniseries which has been airing on Sundays since April 18, and will end on May 30.

    The tour they had been playing when they were contacted by HBO was in support of their breakout album Patience (2019), which saw them move from their noisy garage-rock roots into a much more melodic style. They had released two previous albums, Gypsy Pervert (2014) and Romantic (2016). The band is set to release a new five-song EP on May 21, 2021 called Perfect via Epitaph Records. Two singles have been shared from it so far, “Control” and “Perfect,” each of which got high-production music videos.