Mariqueen Maandig is an American singer, songwriter, and musician, most notably recognized for her work as the frontwoman of the band How to Destroy Angels. A pivotal moment in her career came with her participation in the alternative rock band West Indian Girl, where she lent her vocal talents to two studio albums—West Indian Girl (2004) and 4th & Wall (2007). However, her artistry achieved broader recognition when she co-founded How to Destroy Angels along with Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor, best known as the founding member of Nine Inch Nails.
Maandig’s collaborations with other artists and celebrities have been particularly noteworthy, given the eclectic range of talents she has teamed up with. In the realm of music, she’s worked closely with her spouse Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. She has also associated with Rob Sheridan, a graphic designer who was instrumental in the visual components of How to Destroy Angels. Others in the musical sphere include Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin of Nine Inch Nails, Danny Lohner, formerly of Nine Inch Nails, and producer Alan Moulder, who has a history of working with big names like The Smashing Pumpkins and My Bloody Valentine. In a more expansive sense, Maandig’s collaborations stretch to actors like Jonah Hill, who featured in the music video for How to Destroy Angels’ song “How Long?” Directors like David Fincher, known for films like “Fight Club,” have also shown an affinity for the music she’s helped produce, specifically for soundtracks. Additionally, the artist has interacted with fashion figures such as Hedi Slimane, who photographed her for a feature, and Alexander Wang, with whom she’s made public appearances.
Maandig has received favorable reviews and nods from the music industry for her unique vocal style and artistry. How to Destroy Angels’ extended play, “An Omen EP,” was met with critical acclaim, and their song “Keep It Together” received praise from publications like Rolling Stone. The band’s studio album, “Welcome Oblivion,” released in 2013, was similarly well-received. Her work with How to Destroy Angels also led to music being featured in soundtracks for films such as “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”