Formed in 2003 by vocalist/guitarist Kevin Richard, guitarist Ethan d’Ercole, bassist Rick Berger and drummer Seth Bohn, Chicago’s Mannequin Men quickly made a name for themselves in the city’s burgeoning garage rock scene. The group was known for their raucous live shows, which matched the drunken revelry of any Replacements gig.
After debuting with the self-released, home-recorded Showbiz Witch, Mannequin Men released Fresh Rot on Flameshovel Records in 2007. The album drew favorable comparisons to The Modern Lovers, Television, The Voidoids and other American proto-punk bands that bridged the gap between 60’s garage rock and 70’s new wave.
Bassist Berger left the band in 2008 and was replaced by Miles Raymer in time for 2009’s Lose Your Illusion, Too, also released via Flameshovel. The record received positive reviews from top U.S. publications Spin and Vice and was followed by a limited edition 7” single on Hozac Records in 2010.
On 8 November, Mannequin Men will be releasing another full-length, this time on Addenda Records. The self-titled collection of songs will feature the singles “Cheryl Tiegs,” a catchy power pop number in the vein of Badfinger, and “Hobby Girl,” a rootsy, pub rock tune that would have been right at home on a Stiff Records compilation circa 1979.
Last week, Addenda threw a listening party for Mannequin Men that made a limited edition, coloured vinyl run of the album available. On 29 October, Mannequin Men share a bill with Football, Outer Minds and Coffin Pricks at Chicago’s Empty Bottle.