31 January 2023
In an age of simply sweet pop from the same few artists who seem to have taken up permanent residency on the Billboard Hot 100 (I love you, Taylor Swift, but seriously, I’m looking at you), United States music is lacking a bit. more angst and black eyeliner at the back.
Italian rock band Måneskin may be popular enough to fall through the cracks as the general music audience tries to answer the never-ending question: What exactly is rock “n” volume?
Actually, the band’s appearance is top rock. It’s definitely a rock-n-roll skin-showing sex appeal for the four band members who rock ‘n’ roll in basic, cartoon form. Each member’s appearance begs the question: Do all rock stars always need to look perfectly dull and flawlessly grungy? Måneskin frontman Damian David seems to have hung his head recently to say so.
Rising to global fame by winning the international Eurovision Song Contest 2021 for Italy with his song “Zitti e buoni”, Måneskin is soon to be considered the new savior of rock roll “n” – a genre that always seems to die. But, if the band’s album release has anything to say about it, rock ‘n’ roll still has a ways to go before the death of a rock star mourned for decades finally passes.
Released on Jan. 20, “RIGO!” is the band’s third studio album and most ambitious project, comprising 17 songs – only three of which are in the Italian band. If the title of the title is the meaning of something, “RUN!” it’s a whirlwind of rapid-fire cyclical tropes of rock lyrics and ready-made commercial stadium tours that make for the perfect angst room sing-a-long, even if they don’t offer much to reinvent the sound of rock.
While “BOILING!” while it may not be a breakout album in terms of musical inventiveness, it is a powerful house when it comes to coherence and storytelling. Throughout the album, David sings about the world of rock stars, filled with 90s supermodels, Basquiats and stolen ex-lovers. In the background, the other three band members Bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi and drummer Ethan Torchio contribute equally to the story on their instruments.
Adding to the allure of the threat of rebellion included in the album’s plot, Måneskini seems to be aware of the extent to which his latest album saturates the most familiar parts of the rock genre. On the track almost titled “KOOL KIDS,” the band calls out their thoughts on their place in the world of rock ‘n’ roll: “Really, I don’t af-k.” Similarly, “BLA BLA BLA” is another ode to non-canonification on the album – David can barely be bothered to sing it, let alone sing it, and anyone who has trouble kissing “bu-bu-bu-bu- -bu-bu-butt.”
“SUPERMODEL” epitomizes the central album’s assertion that the world can do more with a few rock stars. His lyrics are a callback to the good ole days of rock (whatever those are) when supermodels ran and were “affordable” to rock stars.
Another example of the album’s ability to seamlessly blend past and present is the song “GOSSIP.” Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, the band’s second album is pop-y enough for Gen Z and nostalgic enough for them to have been one of Morello’s groupies during his time with the group. Morello’s iconic guitar-shredding skills are hard to miss on the track and meld perfectly with Måneskin’s already balanced four-person lineup.
If “I’m HOT!” There’s some evidence that rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead today — it’s just different. The album succeeds in that it remembers its roots but doesn’t over worship them. Måneskin was nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammys this year. If they win, rock ‘n’ roll will be able to cement their resurgence on the global stage. And if they didn’t? That’s the only kind of undisciplined rock the band would do.
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