The Gems celebrate International Women’s Day with video for ‘Queens’ single

The Gems celebrate International Women’s Day with video for ‘Queens’ single

6th March 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

The Gems are giving the celebrations surrounding International Women’s Day later this week an early kickstart by releasing an official music video for their track ‘Queens’, representing a story of struggle and unity. The trio made up of ex-Thundermother members Guernica Mancini, Emlee Johansson, and Mona “Demona” Lindgren released their debut album, Phoenix, on 26th January 2024, which has already won high praise from fans and the press.

With their previous band, The Gems toured with Scorpions, played a VR concert during the Covid pandemic in Berlin’s iconic Olympiastadion, as well as performed at many huge international festivals such as Wacken, Sweden Rock and Alcatraz. Now, as a Phoenix, they rise from the ashes and return with even more extraordinary songs. 

The Gems on ‘Queens’: “Queens is our tribute to all the strong individuals who have paved the way for us all. We want to remind people about the tough roads they had to walk on, for us to have the possibilities that we have today, as well as acknowledging that the work is far from done and that we aim to carry on in their footsteps.”

Captivating, chanting intro track ‘Aurora’ allows vocalist Guernica Mancini‘s distinctive, strong, and bluesy vocals to 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 70s. 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 Mona ‘Demona’ Lindgren. The following track ‘Running’ shines as a surefire future hit with more impressive guitar work and Emlee 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 Plec Johannsons (Soilwork, Hank von Hell, Firewind) and its artwork was created by ex-Thundermother member Giorgia Carteri (Soilwork, The Nightflight Orchestra).

The seasoned musicians of The Gems won’t settle in the shadows of their prior successes. With their fresh, convincing debut offering, The Gems take a stand and leave the past behind. Make no mistake – with Phoenix, The Gems are conquering the international rock scene.

Phoenix is available in the following formats:
•    Die Hard Edition, 1 LP Gatefold Vinyl Orange, Red Marbled (incl Slipmat, 16p booklet, cotton bag (38x42cm) – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive – strictly limited to 100 copies worldwide
•    1 LP Gatefold Vinyl Blue – Napalm Records Mailorder exclusive – strictly limited to 150 copies worldwide
•    1 LP Gatefold Vinyl Violet – The Gems Shop exclusive – strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide
•    1 LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
•    1 CD Digisleeve
•    Digital Album
The Gems live 2024:
18.05.24 SE – Stockholm / Downtown Riot
06.06.24 SE – Sölvesborg / Sweden Rock Festival 
12.-13.07.24 DE – Neukirchen / Dong Open Air 2024  
10.08.24 SE – Falköping / Nestorfest  
16.-17.08.24 DE – Sulingen / Reload Festival  
31.08.24 DE – Wisselsheim / Wisselsheim Rockt 24  

More dates to be announced.
Phoenix track list:
1          Aurora – Interlude
2          Queens
3          Send Me To The Wolves
4          Domino
5          Silver Tongue
6          Undiscovered Paths
7          Maria’s Song – Interlude
8          Ease Your Pain
9          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

The Gems online:

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