“Thing Game” By Wax Mannequin Is Still Great 10 Year On

Wax Mannequin’s music has changed over the years, moving away from conceptual work on records like And GunThe Price and Orchard and Ire to more explicitly personal and folky songs on Saxon and his most recent, 2012’s No Safe Home.

That might sound like code for “He used to make interesting music for dull robots”. Not so –– one of the songs from that early period “Thing Game”, shreds me inside to this day, and I can’t quite tell why. Part of it’s how much conviction Wax brings to the whole spare affair. Part of it’s definitely the meow break in the middle. (A “meow break”? That’s where he meows in the song, like an emotional cat would.) He meows a bunch on 2004’s The Price, but nowhere else on the album does it make me want to go someplace quiet and sob like it does on “Thing Game”.

Every time I’ve seen him perform it live –– with accompaniment or on his own during one of his many great Regina solo shows — it proves again that Wax Mannequin has all my emotional buttons mapped out better than I do myself.

Wax Mannequin is playing in O’Hanlon’s tonight, Tuesday, July 29 with Shimmering Stars.

About James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

2 Responses to “Thing Game” By Wax Mannequin Is Still Great 10 Year On

  1. Moon Daddy July 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I heard “Tell The Doctor” on CBC Radio 2 one summer afternoon about 6 years ago and I’ve been a fan of this brooding, dark folk musician ever since. I look forward to him every time he comes to town. He’s a solo act but he makes so much noise you wouldn’t know it if you couldn’t see him.

  2. MB July 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm #

    10 Year On? Typo in the title?

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