Sign to FatCat Records
Advertisement EP released this Friday (13th April)
Listen to new track, “If Only They Could“
London headline show in May + The Great Escape dates
FatCat Records are excited to announce the signing of MNNQNS (pronounced Mannequins) from Rouen, France. Brought together by their shared taste in post-punk, they take influence from heavyweights like The Fall, Television and Sonic Youth, and are a compelling force of tightly woven guitars, enveloping feedback and singer Adrian D’Epinay’s deadpan, almost sermonic vocals.
The band’s first release will be the Advertisement EP, released digitally on Friday 13th April. Listen to lead track “If Only They Could” below, which Dummy calls “A succinct, hellacious track, it whets the appetite of what is to come from your new favourite band.”
They have also announced performances at the Great Escape festival, and a headline show at London’s Birthdays on 16th May:
16th May – Birthdays, London (tickets)
17 – 19th May – The Great Escape, Brighton (tickets)
11th July – Francofolies Festival, La Rochelle
16th July – Ruoms, Aluna Festival
3rd August – Au Pont Du Rock Festival, Malestroit
Despite being a part of Rouen’s burgeoning underground music scene, MNNQNS have set their sights further afield than their homeland, signing to UK indie label FatCat.
Lead singer and founding member Adrian is no stranger to the UK, having moved to Wales to study. While in Cardiff he found himself increasingly distracted from academia by the pull of watching live music, and he describes the time spent in the UK and watching bands as instrumental in shaping what the band is today, “It had such an impact on the way I write songs, and even the way I hear music now”.
Although MNNQNS like to remind their listeners that the basis to all of their creation is pop, it’s sometimes hard to believe when they breakout into drones and frenetic, repetitive guitar lines. The band say they like to take their ideas to the extreme, which is entirely true. When they’re pop, they’re really pop. When they’re punk, they’re really punk. But these shifts happen within the space of a mood swing, the confines of one song: a mix of elements, condensed, but still distinct. MNNQNS waste no time in forming a connection with the listener, both sonically and emotionally.
MNNQNS are Adrian D’Epinay (vocals & guitar), Grégoire Mainot (drums), Félix Ramaën (bass) & Marc Lebreuilly (guitar)