THE GEMS Feat. Former THUNDERMOTHER Members: Debut Album, 'Phoenix', Due In January
October 4, 2023
THE GEMS, the new Swedish rock band featuring former THUNDERMOTHER members Guernica Mancini (vocals),Emlee Johansson (drums) and Mona Lindgren (bass),will release its debut album, "Phoenix", on January 26, 2024 via Napalm Records.
The official music video for the trio's second single, "Send Me To The Wolves", can be seen below.
THE GEMS' first-ever single, "Like A Phoenix", released in June 2023, isn't just a songtitle; it's a prophecy, a prediction, and a promise. Straight away it gained a remarkable amount of Spotify streams and YouTube video views, and reached No. 2 on rock radio airplay charts in Germany in no time.
Breaking free from the confines of THUNDERMOTHER, Mancini, Johansson and Lindgren united under the banner of THE GEMS in early 2023, inspired by legends such as LED ZEPPELIN and IRON MAIDEN.
THE GEMS comment on "Send Me To The Wolves": "'Send Me to the Wolves' is all about overcoming and fighting back, not letting bullies control the narrative. This empowering track is the perfect mix between groovy '70s rock vibes and our modern sound. It is also the first song we wrote together for THE GEMS and we love it so much!"
THE GEMS added about "Phoenix": "'Phoenix' marks the beginning, the rise of THE GEMS. This album takes you on a journey through one of our toughest times. Through this creative process we were able to really dig deep and let go of a lot of emotional baggage, and find true happiness in music again. The new found freedom our band has been given us shines through on this album. We couldn't be prouder of what we've accomplished, and the true rock n roll sisterhood and community we've built through these few months of our existence. 'Phoenix' is the perfect album for anyone going through a tough time, having the rug pulled out under you and somehow finding the strength to rebuild. You'll get the full range of emotions, masterfully produced by our dear friend Johan Randén, who we also wrote some of the songs with.
"We hope people will love 'Phoenix' and really enjoy the epic ride this album will take you on."
"Phoenix" track listing:
01. Aurora (interlude) 02. Queens 03. Send Me To The Wolves 04. Domino 05. Silver Tongue 06. Undiscovered Paths 07. Maria's Song (interlude) 08. Ease Your Pain 09. Running 10. Renaissance (interlude) 11. Like A Phoenix 12. P.S.Y.C.H.O. 13. Kiss it Goodbye 14. Force Of Nature 15. Fruits Of My Labor 16. Like A Phoenix (acoustic version)
Captivating, chanting intro track "Aurora" allows vocalist Mancini's distinctive, strong and bluesy vocals shine, and sets the scene before the catchy rock'n'roll anthem "Queens" roars as a celebration of feminine power. Standing up for oneself, fighting back and rising above are some of the main lyrical themes of "Phoenix", which "Send Me To The Wolves" is an outstanding example of. The song's storyline champions overcoming and not giving in to oppressors, before "Domino" takes THE GEMS' grooviness to the level of legendary classic rock bands of the 1970s. With emotional tracks like "Undiscovered Paths" and "Fruits Of My Labor", THE GEMS bring significant depth and variety to the album, distancing themselves from their history. Stunning interlude "Maria's Song", featuring violinist Maria Jern, fades into the touching ballad "Ease Your Pain" — giving extra space to the exceptional guitar work of Lindgren. Following track "Running" shines as a surefire future hit with more impressive guitar work and Johansson's hard-hitting drums, before the beautifully stripped down acoustic version of "Like A Phoenix" — backed with acoustic guitar by producer Johan Randén — wraps up THE GEMS' debut album.
"Phoenix" was mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson (SOILWORK, HANK VON HELL, FIREWIND) and its artwork was created by ex-THUNDERMOTHER member Giorgia Carteri (SOILWORK, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA).
THE GEMS made their live debut on March 22 at Pustervik in Gothenburg, Sweden as the support act for THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA.
THE GEMS see Lindgren returning to her original instrument, the guitar.
THE GEMS' live performances include material from THUNDERMOTHER's last two albums, 2020's "Heat Wave" and 2022's "Black And Gold", both of which featured songwriting contributions from Guernica and Emlee.
In February, it was announced that Mancini, Johansson and Lindgren were exiting THUNDERMOTHER and would form a new band together. At the same time, guitarist Filippa Nässil revealed that she would continue with a new THUNDERMOTHER lineup featuring singer Linnéa Vikström (THERION, AT THE MOVIES) and returning bassist Majsan Lindberg. Filippa has also since recruited Joan Massing (HONEY CREEK) as THUNDERMOTHER's new drummer.
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