A key factor in the band's musical direction has been their vast and varying influences, ranging from classic rock such as The Beatles and The Who, to progressive rock ala King Crimson and Yes, 80's new wave and heavy metal, 90's alternative and indie rock, and modern artists like Joanna Newsom and Sufjan Stevens. Matt Roberge calls upon these influences heavily, yet manages to morph and shape them into something new that is decidedly Mannequin City. Mannequin City's first release was a poorly recorded (and written) 4-track EP, "The Setbacks EP", which was released on February 23rd, 2009. It was a rushed recording, created solely for the purpose of filling the void left by the breakup of Roberge's previous band, Omega Weapon. The EP was followed quickly by the demo/single "Words in a Eulogy" in March 2009, which was the result of an improvisation session. At the turn of 2010, Matt Roberge set out to do a new project with Mannequin City that would entail releasing one new song a week for the entirety of 2010.
This, however, would not pan out, and instead ended up bearing the truncated "Seven Weeks" compilation, featuring all the work from those sessions. After many delays in the recording process, the final touches were finished on Mannequin City's debut full-length "Which One Is The Robot?", which saw its release exclusively at Bandcamp.com on December 18th, 2011. Two days later, on December 20th, a re-release of Mannequin City's first EP was debuted. The new version features a fresh mix with newly recorded drums and bass guitar, a new final master, and a bonus track. Mannequin City is: Matt Roberge - vocals/guitars/keys Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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