Starset frontman Dustin Bates plans to launch a musical side project called Mannequin later this year.
Bates described the project to Billboard, saying, “It’s sort of ’80s retro, a lot of ’80s synths and things like that, with some rap beats and also, I guess, a lot more modern melody, dark-pop aspects to it.” Bates has been working on the first Mannequin album for the past year and should be finished within a month, with hopes to get it out in 2018.
The singer added, “It started out as a prog-rock thing. At first it was a side project, a way to keep my skills honed without eternally working on Starset. But then I started adding in electronics, so then I split it off into two projects. So there’s also a lot of prog-rock songs out there I’m eventually going to release, too.”
Bates isn’t sure if he’ll try to take Mannequin on the road, saying, “It’s hard to say because of the sound . . . It’d be fun, but it would certainly be an undertaking.”
The band is still touring behind last year’s sophomore album Vessels, which features the Number Two hit “Monster” and the Top 15 rock track “Satellite.”