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Måneskin on New Album RUSH!, Defending Eurovision Against John Lydon, and Why Radiohead Is Sexy

Fresh off of multiple award nominations and TikTok virality, the Italian rock band’s third album drops January 20th

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Maneskin, photo by Francis Delacroix

    We’re no conspiracy theorists, but if the news came out that the members of Måneskin were scientifically bred to become rock stars, we might just believe it. The Italian quartet seemingly has everything a rock ‘n roll band needs: wild glamor, exhilarating style, and unbridled sensuality. Their third studio album, RUSH! (out Friday, January 20th), arrives as the band continues to skyrocket to worldwide stardom.

    With blood-pumping, pop-influenced hits like “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE,” “SUPERMODEL,” and, of course, their take on the Four Seasons’ “Beggin’,” it’s no wonder their sound has taken off across the globe. They’ve even made fans of Iggy Pop, who sings on the remix of “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE,” and Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who features on the most recent single from RUSH!, “GOSSIP.” Oh, and they’re up for Best New Artist at the 2023 Grammy Awards.

    “We just have it in us!” exclaims bassist Victoria De Angelis when asked about their intoxicating presence in the modern rock scene. “We’re natural sexy, no additives,” vocalist Damiano David adds with a smirk.

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    And they’re not dodging the question. As extravagant and over-the-top as their music, visuals, and live performances can be, it’s all rooted in genuine, uncomplicated energy. With members ranging from just 22 to 24 years old, the band is simply excited to be sharing their art with as many people as possible.

    Now, as the release of RUSH! approaches, the band has the attention of more ears than most could comprehend. And yet, with millions of fans waiting to hear the project, the band is more eager than anxious.

    “It’s the first time we get — since we got more international fans — that we get to share our whole record and not only a song,” De Angelis tells Consequence. “When you share only a song, it’s very difficult to pick only one that can represent so many different sides of you. But when you give a record, then I think people can really understand you in a deeper way and see all the different layers you have in your music and in your thoughts.”

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    At 17 songs and nearly an hour in length, RUSH! certainly shows off the many sides of Måneskin, including their heritage, with a streak of songs sung in Italian on the record’s back half. It’s a complete statement, just like they wanted, and one worthy of screaming from the top of the mountain Måneskin have found themselves on.

    Elsewhere in the interview, the band gives their thoughts on John Lydon of the Sex Pistols’ recent spicy comments about the Eurovision Song Contest, which Måneskin won in 2021. (“The whole thing of it is disgusting to me,” Lydon said earlier in January. “These shows just come across as so dreadfully phony to me.”)

    “No! Johnny, you break my heart,” De Angelis says jokingly. “He’s a real punk, it’s fair enough. He can do whatever he wants.” Adds David, “No, no! I will not take it. I do not agree. I’m against it [comically blows raspberry].”

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    Above, check out the full interview with Måneskin to hear all about about RUSH!, Eurovision, why Radiohead is sexy, and more.

    Trouble watching the video in the player above? Check it out on YouTube.

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