Mannequin Pussy Want You to Be Horny for Yourself

Maxine Steen: I think that there is definitely “queer yearning.” I didn’t come out until I was 31, and how it just affected my life is the worst. I think that there is a yearning for the truth within yourself.

“Split Me Open” was my favorite song on the album and there is a noticeable unevenness to it. I saw it as being about wanting to give yourself to someone and then taking it back; would you agree?

MD: “Split Me Open” is about that feeling of being so engulfed by your own lust for a person and feeling this overly romantic objectification of them. Some of the songs on this album really have to do with that sort of the yearning that comes from your own solitude. What a lot of those songs have in common is that there’s a point where you recognize that it’s just your desire and not someone that maybe should be in your life.

That lust really comes through with the double entendre in the title.

MD: Only in passing do I realize what a horny lyric “split me open” is. It’s pornographic. But, I’m going to play dumb because I was thinking about my heart splitting open.

MS: I was like, “Damn! That’s a sexy lyric!”

MD: It’s wordplay, like, “Are you splitting open your legs? Are you splitting open your ass? Are you splitting open your heart?” There’s all these different ways that we split ourselves to let someone in.”

Speaking of sexy lyrics, I read in SPIN that this might be your horniest record yet. Can you elaborate?

MD: I think Kaleen’s drum parts are going to get some people very horny. People are going to get hot for it.

MS: Red Hot.

Kaleen Reading: Well, my girlfriend will love that I was thinking of her.

MD: There are some pretty fun innuendos. Maybe there’s a horny cum joke in there if you listen for it intently.

Colins “Bear” Regisford: There’s a lot of horniness on the album. But most importantly, the person you should be most horny for is yourself.

Marisa “Missy” Dabice: Oh, bear.

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