Die Mannequin stopped through the Sound Academy to play the final show on their Canadian tour. I can only imagine its been a wild ride for the band releasing the eagerly anticipated album "Fino+Bleed" and playing opening dates for Marilyn Manson across the country. I had the chance to see Die Mannequin live once before as part of the FU Awards where unfortunately they were only up for a couple of songs. Being a fan of intimate shows I was glad to see them on the Sound Academy's small stage.
The chant of "Mannequin, Mannequin, Mannequin" could be heard from the crowd while we all waited with great anticipation. They got started playing "The Other Tiffany", "Miss Americvnt" which included c-word counting, and "Locking Elizabeth". The band continued with "Do It Or Die", "Suffer" and "Dead Honey" their current single which got an extremely loud roar from the crowd. They then proceeded to fill the stage with fans to dance and rock out to "Autumn Cannibalist". Followed by singles "Saved by Strangers" and "Bad Medicine".
At this point the band really kicked it into high gear and showed Toronto how punk they can really be. They played a great cover of Turbonegro's "Don't Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker" followed by "Father Punk" which was dedicated to the late "Martin Streek" who was a big supporter of the band, and ended the night with "Whipper Snapper". By the end of the night Care Failure had broken the head of her guitar, surfed the crowd while playing guitar, banged the sh*t out of some drums and was playfully dragged out into the crowd and over to the merch booth to thank the fans solidifying her status, in the words of Martin Streek, as "The Queen of Punk".