5 reasons why you should listen to Eurovision winners Måneskin

  1. They definitely have a song for your taste.
    As I said, my musical taste is very eclectic. But even if yours isn’t, you’re bound to like, at least, a few of their songs. Their range is quite impressive, and you have ballads, dance, rock, rap, just to name a few.
    But even if you don’t like a particular genre, I’d suggest you give their songs a couple of listens. Their music is not particularly complex, and the songs are fairly short, but I’ve found myself surprised by subtle changes in pace, or a guitar solo that appears when you least expected it. Their music is fresh and surprising. Trust me, you will like them.
  2. Their lyrics are amazing.
    Yes, I know, you don’t understand Italian. Neither do I. Doesn’t matter, you can find translations online. The English lyrics aren’t bad at all, but the Italian ones are astounding. There’s a lot of poetry and metaphor, they’re heartfelt and deep.
    But also they show an attitude that we seem to have forgotten in the last few years. The good old rock attitude of “you can tell me or do anything you want to me, you’re not gonna break me”. They talk about taking aggression and, instead of moaning about it, being empowered by it, being more who you are. And that’s refreshing.
  3. They’re bringing fun back into music.
    Let’s face it: rock has become less fun, less cheeky, less sexy. It’s lost its larger-than-life attitude. It’s lost the “I am a golden god!” attitude. I guess that the older rock stars, well, they got old, and the younger ones, I really don’t know what happened to them.
    Their onstage performances claim all that back, and then some. It’s a true joy to watch their sheer energy in their live gigs. Last few days I’ve often wondered how long it had been since I’d last seen something like that.
    And then, there’s also the wonderful sexual ambiguity they bring forth. The beautiful androgyny of artists such as Prince or David Bowie (with whom singer Damiano David shares a lot more than a name and birthday). We’ve spent way too long talking about gender identities, queer culture, sexual preferences. We’ve spent way too long creating more and more little boxes where people painfully try to fit in. Personally, I think it’s only made us more neurotic and it’s taken away the joy of sexuality and diversity. It was high time someone came and kicked all those boxes and claimed back that joy. Go and watch their X-Factor presentation of “Kiss This”. Their performance reminded me a lot of Rocky Horror Picture Show (the original movie from the 70s). It’s as irreverent, cheeky and disturbing in a good way as the movie. And that’s a very good thing.
  4. They deserve this.
    I said above that they’re ridiculously talented. And they are. They were born to do this, no doubt about it.
    But you don’t wake up on the day of your X-Factor audition and say “well, I’ll do some pole dancing thing while singing, I guess I can pull it off”. You don’t sing the extremely difficult last section of “La Paura del Buio” live, at the end of a gig just like that. You have to work really hard to get those things right. It takes a lot of practice, effort and dedication.
    Their performances show not only a lot of practice, but a lot of thought put into every detail. They sound well rehearsed, you can tell they’ve put in long hours to get where they are.
    They sheer talent makes me feel fascination. But their hard work makes me respect them. And it shows me that they that they take this seriously and that they have a lot of respect for their music and their audience.
  5. They could very well be one of the great ones.
    This one is completely personal, a gut feeling if you want. But more and more I’m thinking that Måneskin could become one of the really great rock bands. They have everything going for them to achieve it. And I think that, maybe, all the people being fascinated (or “obsessed”) by them feel the same even if they may not know it: The fact that we’re witnessing the beginning of something legendary.
    And at this moment in history we have the privilege of following their progress, which was extremely hard before. So, in a way, I’m writing this because I really think they’re going to make it really big, and I want to share the news.

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