October 1, 2004 in Seven

Hard rock candy

By The Spokesman-Review
Amanda Smith photo

Mang is a female fronted Spokane punk-rock band whose “hard-candy-style” is a favorite on the scene. The band plays Saturday at The Spike.
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Mang’s seven essential albums:

“Rated R,” Queens of the Stone Age

“GodWeenSatan: The Oneness,” Ween

“Master Puppets,” Metallica

“Stoner Witch,” The Melvins

“Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy,” No Means No

“Salad Days,” Minor Threat

“If You Want Blood (Live)” AC/DC

In some cases it’s best to simply let a band introduce itself.

This taken directly off of www.heymang.com:

Missy Mang

“Loves: Fast music and hard women, or is it hard music and fast women?

Plays: A Strat through an Orange half stack

Wants: Frodo”

Laylah Gibford

“Loves: Driving fast

Plays: A Fender through a Sunn Beta Bass head

Wants: A two-seat convertible”


“Loves: Tinkering and duct tape

Plays: Homemade percussion gadgets

Wants: World peace and a comfortable pair of slacks”

Rick Diablo

“Loves: Good beer and small furry animals

Plays: Atomic guitar riffs through his monster mystery half stack

Wants: The Spokane Police to lay off”

That’s Mang.

The popular local quartet brings what they call “hard rock candy” to the Rockin’ the Alley show on Saturday at The Spike, 122 S. Monroe.

Starting in the alley at The Spike at 1:30 p.m. with Mylestone and closing in The Spike Underground at 8 p.m. with Locke and the Chris Wilson Five, the event is in conjunction with the Downtown Spokane Partnership’s Visual Arts Tour.

Mang takes over the alley at 5 p.m.

Often seen opening for The Makers and sharing gigs with another band that recently left Spokane, Horrible Disaster, Mang’s loud and heavy rock has a sweet pop-laced edge.

The band was formed in 2001 when Missy Mang and Layah Gibford met in a keg line at a wedding reception. Missy Mang asked Gibford if she was in a band when Laylah’s husband, Bill, jumped in the conversation, and soon after the three started jamming. Bill’s long-time friend Rick Diablo phased in to complete the square.

It’s not really so much a chick band as it is a band with chicks in it, Missy Mang said.

“Some female players want to have all-female musicians just to have a chick band – and that’s cool. But to us, it doesn’t matter,” Missy Mang said. “We’d rather have better musicians than worry about them being all women.”

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