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Review Mon Jul 13 2009

Review: Mannequin Men at The Metro 7/10/09

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It was a big deal for Chicago's Mannequin Men to play Cabaret Metro Friday night. Not only were they kicking off their third record release, 2009's Lose Your Illusion, Too on Flameshovel Records but they were also beginning a North American tour to promote this newest release.

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As always, the four piece band was energetic and full of life, with animated interactions between Miles Raymer and Kevin Richard especially. Playing roughly an hour of mostly new songs, Raymer amused the crowd by telling silly jokes inbetween the explosions of music that are part garage with some punk tinges. Raymer's backup vocals added a well received power to Richard's as well and the animation of the songs increased when they even sang on one mic together.

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Best of all, it was clear that it wasn't just the audience having fun but the band itself who gave a great performance and, in the end,during "(Us And) All Our Friends Are So Messed Up"invited the audience to join them on stage. Song setlist was concentrated on their last two releases with a clear highlight of 2007's Fresh Rot being "Private School" and a feature song off their newest one being "Massage."

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I love that top shot.

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