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Meet Kevin Richard - Lead Guitarist for Mannequin Men

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Mannequin Men I Photo: John Sturdy
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"If it's a million degrees and the world is on fire, where do we have a show? The desert," Kevin Richard, lead guitarist for the Mannequin Men, laughs from his van heading up Highway 5, "That's how we roll. If there was an epic snowstorm right now we'd be playing Quebec." Humor is what makes these Chicago garage rockers so much fun to watch. Their sound is meat and potatoes garage rock influenced heavily by the Stooges and the Replacements, but underneath the snotty vocals you can hear genuine discontent spiked with a dash of raunchy humor. Like the Black Lips, these guys write about a generation of kids who finished school to enter world to a world which has no employment for them. They write for those who are worn out and frustrated by working dead end jobs with no sign of things turning around. The Mannequin Men harness this rage and turn it into fuel for their songs with some sprinklings of sexual frustration just for kicks. After killing it at last years FYF Fest, the Mannequin Men will be back LA tomorrow for a gig at the Echo. Kevin Richards was kind enough to talk with us on Sunday about their latest album Lose Your Illusion, Too, the trials and tribulations of working at a record store, and why you should never date a massage therapist. Here is some of what was said.

Mannequin Men - Massage