Joyce Manor, AJJ, and Mannequin Pussy Deliver an Energized Show at Mohawk

By Lindsey Petterson
Music Journalist

Joyce Manor, AJJ, and Mannequin Pussy finished their Winter 2017 tour at The Mohawk in Austin on February 16th, 2017. This particular show was electrified in both the bands, and the crowd. The three diverse groups kept high energy in their performances, and that transferred to the audience through every set.

Mannequin Pussy started off the show with seemingly unlimited energy. The female fronted 4-piece played mostly from their newest release from October 2016 called Romantic. Vocalist and guitarist, Marisa Dabice got the crowd charged with her strategically pitched screams. The rest of the band includes Colins “Bear” Regisford on bass, Thanasi Paul on guitar, and Kaleen Reading on drums. At punk shows, it is it is important to have a wide variety of gender representation. The gender diversity of this band is progressive and speaks volumes to show goers who feel they are an underrepresented demographic in this music scene. Mannequin Pussy recently released an AudioTree Live session in which they put out just as much energy as they did at The Mohawk. Check it out here.

AJJ followed Mannequin Pussy and like always played a cheerful and meaningful set. AJJ is known for their folk punk sound with descriptive lyrics that range from analysis of personal conflict to commentary on privilege to emotionally goofy tunes. They played songs across most of their discography including “White Worms” of their newest album The Bible 2, “American Tune” from Knife Man, “Kokopelli Face Tattoo” from Christmas Island, and of course “Brave as a Noun” from People Who Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World. During their set, AJJ fans jumped together and loving shoved each other to tunes that bring them together, and it is one of the happiest sights I have seen. “Brave as a Noun” stood out to me the most because of the way the crowd sang in unison. During the set, AJJ fans appear to become best friends with everyone around them which makes for a truly unique show.

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The crowd goes wild for Joyce Manor as they perform at Mohawk in Austin, Tx. Photo via MohawkAustin.

Joyce Manor pleased both new and old fans by playing across their discography like AJJ. They opened with “Heart Tattoo” from Never Hungover Again, which immediately sparked movement in the passionate punk loving crowd. I cannot recall a single song where there was no stage diving or crowd surfing. As the show went on they played “Eighteen” and “Fake ID” from their latest album release, Cody. They also played songs from demos and their self titled album which really excited their old time fans. Just like their albums, time flew by during their set because of quick-and-to-the-point emotion-fueled jams. They closed with “Constant Headache,” which was the highpoint of the entire show. The majority of the crowd was of course screaming every word back at the band and moving chaotically as a unit.

Overall, the show was captivating throughout the entire night. Each band brought a different element of punk that successfully entertained the crowd. I highly recommend seeing each of these bands live, especially if you enjoy punk shows bursting with positive energy.

Featured image via MohawkAustin.

Asia Daggs

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