“”Phoenix” mirrors all the emotions we went through last year” – Interview with Emlee Johansson of The Gems

Author Arto Mäenpää - 25.1.2024

New Swedish rock trio The Gems – featuring ex-Thundermother members vocalist Guernica Mancini, drummer Emlee Johansson and guitarist/bassist Mona “Demona” Lindgren – rise from the ashes with their debut album, Phoenix, set to be released on January 26, 2024 via Napalm Records! The Gems‘ extraordinary potential was proven after the unveiling of their very first standalone single, “Like A Phoenix”, in summer 2023. The single immediately landed at No. 2 on the German Rock Radio Airplay Charts and turned the heads of avid rock fans around the world.

Captivating, chanting intro track “Aurora” allows vocalist Guernica Mancini’s distinctive, strong and bluesy vocals shine, and sets the scene before the catchy rock’n’roll anthem “Queens”, 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. Songs like “Domino” and “Kiss It Goodbye” take The Gems‘ grooviness to the level of legendary classic rock bands, while high-energy songs such as “P.S.Y.C.H.O.“, “Silver Tongue” and “Force Of Nature” add a playful, feel-good touch to the album. 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. Following track “Running” shines as a surefire future hit with Emlee Johansson’s groovy, hard hitting drums. The album ends with the beautifully stripped down acoustic version of “Like A Phoenix” – backed with acoustic guitar by producer Johan Randén. “Phoenix” was mastered by Plec Johansson (Soilwork, Hank von Hell, Firewind) and its artwork was created by ex-Thundermother member Giorgia Carteri (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra). It is clear that the seasoned musicians of The Gems won’t settle in the shadows of their prior successes. This debut album delivers everything rock enthusiasts crave while also inviting newcomers into the genre, with the band’s fresh approach to classic rock. Make no mistake – with “Phoenix”, The Gems will conquer the international rock scene in a heartbeat.

Chaoszine sat down with the band’s drummer Emlee Johansson and discussed about the difficult last year for the band and what can fans expect from the band’s upcoming album dropping this week’s Friday January 26th via Napalm Records. You can check out the entire interview below:

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You can check out the singles released from The Gems‘ upcoming debut album “Phoenix” below: