Måneskin is an unusual rock band. With its raw and unapologetic attitude, bold embrace of gender-neutral fashion, and idiosyncratic anti-drug stance, Måneskin sets off a worldwide cultural revolution. Through music, the Italian band–vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio–leads a generation of rebels who won’t settle for banal sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll vibes. The band’s lyrics have become the jumping-off point for conversations among young advocates, triggering the Måneskin effect: the undeniable urge to challenge harmful stereotypes and the aspiration to dismantle rigid, cultural structures in an unconventional way.
“We have a huge audience and the majority is guys and girls of more or less our age, or even younger. So if we can help them, or inspire them, we are more than happy to do it,” says Damiano. With a Eurovision victory, a Grammy nomination, and a sold-out O2 Arena during their recent Loud Kids Get Louder European tour, the Roman quartet is rapidly taking over the international rock ‘n’ roll scene with their unique formula: impulsive authenticity paired with wild individualistic freedom. With tattoos to mark their personal milestones and sensual see-through garments, they “wear” their skin shamelessly, and the “Kool Kids” invite their fans to likewise live in—and move—their bodies with confidence.
“I think music and fashion are both art forms to express who you are or what you have on the inside,” says Victoria. It’s clear that Måneskin is the voice of Italy’s next generation. Not only because of their unprecedented global music success (which will surely prove itself once again in the upcoming RUSH! World Tour) but also because of their awareness of their visibility and responsibility. The band’s provocative song “Gasoline,” for example, is a criticism of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The band also uses their music to denounce discrimination. “In Italy, we are having backward development,” adds Damiano, about the band’s challenging of gender stereotypes that still exist in the country.
Måneskin transitions back and forth between their native tongue and English with ease. How can the audience follow along? The four radiate a force on stage that transcends the potential foreignness of their words. It’s a true phenomenon to see thousands of non-Italian speakers singing Italian lyrics effortlessly.
This is the Måneskin effect. A loud incitement to act and a celebration of togetherness that will leave you in awe.
“HONEY! (Are u coming?)” is out now. And catch Måneskin on their RUSH! World Tour now through December 19, 2023. To buy tickets click here.
Sept. 3 – EXPO Plaza, Hanover, Germany
Sept. 6 – Nancy Open Air, Nancy, France
Sept. 21 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Sept. 23 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Sept, 25 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
Sept. 27 – Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Sept. 29 – Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
Oct. 1 – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
Oct. 3 – Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN
Oct. 6 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX
Oct. 10 – Kia Forum, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 13 – Oakland Arena, Oakland, CA
Oct. 15 – Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, BC
Oct. 20 – Palacio De Los Deportes, Mexico City, Mexico
Oct. 24 – Movistar Arena, Bogotá, Colombia
Oct. 27 – Estadio Bicentenario La Florida, Santiago, Chile
Oct. 29 – Movistar Arena, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nov. 1 – Qualistage Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nov. 3 – Espaço Unimed, San Paulo, Brazil
Nov. 20 – BCEC, Brisbane, QLD
Nov. 22 – Hordern Pavilion Sydney, NSW
Nov. 23 – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
Nov. 25 – AEC Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Nov. 27 – Singapore
Dec. 2 – Tokyo, Japan
Dec. 3 – Tokyo, Japan
Dec. 7 – Kobe, Japan
Dec. 14 – 3 Arena, Dublin, Ireland
Dec. 19 – AO Arena, Manchester, UK
Photography Fabio Germinario
Editorial Direction & Casting @overlyopinionatedblackperson
Special Thanks Sony Music, Arista Records, and Nadia Ali