Die Mannequin

Die Mannequin is a Canadian alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, founded by guitar player and singer Care Failure (born Caroline Kawa) in 2005. The band has toured across Canada several times, opening for Buckcherry, Guns N' Roses, [1] Marilyn Manson and Sum 41. [2] They have also toured Europe on several occasions, alone and as an opening act for Danko Jones in 2008.[3]

Die Mannequin
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresAlternative rock
Years active2005 (2005)–present
LabelseOne Music, How To Kill, Cordless
MembersCare Failure
Kevvy Mental
Keith Heppler
J.C. Sandoval
Past membersAnthony Bleed
Dazzer Scott
Stacy Stray
Ethan Deth


Rising from the ashes of Care Failure's first four-piece band "The Bloody Mannequins", Die Mannequin started in the spring of 2006 when Failure recorded her first EP, How to Kill, on How To Kill Records/Cordless Recordings. She sang, played guitar and bass on this EP because she did not have a permanent backing band at that time. Death from Above 1979's Jesse F. Keeler took care of the drum duties as well as production.[4] The E.P. featured four songs and was produced by Keeler and partner Al-P from MSTRKRFT and was mastered by Ryan Mills at Joao Carvalho Mastering. Care Failure was also a member of the supergroup The Big Dirty Band, which included members from the Canadian hardrock band Rush, amongst others. They have recorded a cover version and video of The Bobby Fuller Four song I Fought The Law. This video also featured Anthony Useless, even though he did not play on any of the recordings. It was featured as a soundtrack to the 2006 movie Trailer Park Boys: The Movie.

Failure later hired two of her longtime friends, Ethan Deth (of Toronto band Kïll Cheerleadër) and Pat M. (a.k.a. Ghostwolf), to play bass and drums.[5] Deth was quickly replaced by Anthony "Useless" Bleed, also from Kïll Cheerleadër. He played bass guitar and provided backing vocals. Managed by Shull Management, Die Mannequin signed with EMI Publishing in the summer of 2006,[5][6] and began their own record label, How To Kill Records which is distributed by Warner Music Canada. They were booked as one of the opening bands for Guns N' Roses' eastern leg of their 2006 North-American tour.[7][8]

Die Mannequin released a new EP in the fall of 2007 entitled Slaughter Daughter. Two tracks, "Do It Or Die" and "Saved By Strangers", were produced by Ian D'Sa of Billy Talent. The other two tracks, "Upside Down Cross" and "Lonely Of A Woman", were produced by Junior Sanchez.[9] There was also a live recording of "Open Season" included on this EP. The band released a video for the first single, "Do it or Die", which entered rotation on Much Music and Much Loud.

Both EPs have been collected on a single disc entitled Unicorn Steak which features two unreleased songs: an early demo of "Empty's Promise" and the cover of the Beatsteaks song Hand in Hand. A video was also recorded after the release of Unicorn Steak, for the song "Saved By Strangers", directed by Canadian director Bruce McDonald. He has also directed a documentary about Die Mannequin, entitled The Rawside of Die Mannequin, which premiered at Toronto's North By North East festival on June 15, 2008.[10]

In 2009 Die Mannequin took part in a documentary series called City Sonic. The series, which featured 20 Toronto artists, had Care Failure reflecting on her memories of CFNY, 102.1 the Edge.[11]

On September 8, 2009, Die Mannequin released FINO + BLEED, mixed by Mike Fraser.

On March 21, 2012, Die Mannequin announced on their website that they would be releasing new music mid April, along with a new single and music video. This coincided with the release of Hard Core Logo 2.

On August 20, 2014, the band released a single for their upcoming album, titled "Sucker Punch". Their second full-length album, Neon Zero was released on October 28, 2014. Exclaim! Magazine called it 'evil dance metal'.


Current members
Former members
Session members


Die Mannequin has released two recognized albums to date and two EPs.


Year Song Chart peak Album


2006 "Autumn Cannibalist" × × How To Kill
2008 "Do It Or Die" × × Unicorn Steak
"Saved By Strangers" × ×
2009 "Bad Medicine" 11 Fino + Bleed
"Dead Honey" 32 35
"Miss Americvnt"
2012 "Orson Welles & 2012" 48 Danceland
2014 "Sucker Punch" x x Neon Zero
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.
"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

Studio albumsEdit




Year Album title Track
2012 Hard Core Logo 2 "Do It Or Die"
"Orson Wells + 2012"
"The Other Tiffany"


Die Mannequin gets darker and warns of Toronto rapist - From Torontomusicscene.ca

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Die Mannequin article in the McGill Daily". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007.
  2. ^ "Chart Attack - Best Magazine 2020". Chartattack.com.
  3. ^ "Danko Jones - A Rock Supreme - Order". Dankojones.com. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  4. ^ "DIE MANNEQUIN". Ottawa Start. Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved May 16, 2008.
  5. ^ a b "Die Mannequin Bio on the EMI Publishing website". Archived from the original on November 10, 2006.
  6. ^ "Die Mannequin showcase in Canadian Musician March/April 2006". Archived from the original on December 6, 2006.
  7. ^ Le Soleil (November 19, 2006) Axl Rose fidèle au poste... malgré tout
  8. ^ "Guns N' Roses Will Play 2 Hours Tonight in Toronto, Despite Curfew Rules". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  9. ^ "Exclaim!'s review of Slaughter Daughter". Archived from the original on August 1, 2012. Retrieved January 5, 2008.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Watch Care Failure (Die Mannequin) at 102.1 The Edge Video | City Sonic Films | Toronto Music Mobile Video". Citysonic.tv. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  12. ^ a b "Canadian Active/Alternative Charts | Media Source". Mediasource.proboards.com. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - July 24, 2012". Canadianrockalt.blogspot.com. July 24, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. Retrieved February 13, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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