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Behold the sheer power of Mannequin Pussy! The Philadelphia band are coming to Middlesbrough to shove a Hoover up your jumper (metaphorically).

I’ve been all over Mannequin Pussy’s startling third album ‘Patience’, which came out in June. It’s a release that has seen the band move away ever so slightly from the punky fury of their first two long-players to something more nuanced. And, while, yes, they still know how to work those breakneck riffs and pummelling drums, they have also worked out how to bolt them to songs which thrum with real songwriting talent. And on this well-received release they have managed to tease out the kind of intricate melodies that once may have been lost beneath a whole load of sludgy shouting. But make no mistake, they still know how to go over the top with the best of them and there is much thrashing and discordant fun to be had here. And, man, when they play live we’re talking incendiary stuff. Find out for yourself when they hit Boro in November.

Mannequin Pussy, Friday 15 November, Westgarth Social Club, Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, 8pm, £11.50. Ents24.com