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Emlee Johansson feels Filippa Nässil’s decision to fire Guernica Mancini was “worst thing ever business wise”

Emlee Johansson feels Filippa Nässil’s decision to fire Guernica Mancini was “worst thing ever business wise”

Emlee Johansson feels Filippa Nässil’s decision to fire Guernica Mancini was “worst thing ever business wise”Emlee Johansson feels Filippa Nässil’s decision to fire Guernica Mancini was “worst thing ever business wise”

Emlee Johansson feels Filippa Nässil’s decision to fire Guernica Mancini was “worst thing ever business wise”

The Gems and former Thundermother lead vocalist Guernica Mancini and drummer Emlee Johansson were recently interviewed by Jimmy Kay and Perrin Wolfson for Canada’s The Metal Voice. Mancini and Johansson were promoting The Gems‘ debut album Phoenix which was just released via Napalm Records on January 26, 2024.

Back in early February 2023, it was announced that Thundermother guitarist Filippa Nässil had parted ways with lead vocalist Guernica Mancini, bassist Mona Lindgren and drummer Emlee Johansson, and she was forging ahead with new lead vocalist Linnéa Vikström and returning Thundermother bassist Majsan Lindberg. It was later revealed that Nässil had elected to unilaterally fire Mancini which prompted Johansson and Lindgren to tender their resignations and move on with Mancini. The trio moved quickly with the formation of The Gems and the release of their debut album Phoenix less than a year later.

With respect to the themes on Phoenix, Mancini stated (as provided by The Metal Voice with slight edits): “There’s a lot of things that we had to get off our chest and the whole album is us basically working through the grief. So there’s some angry songs, there’s some frustration, there’s sadness and in that mix it’s still empowering and hopeful. If you listen to the album from beginning to end you get to hear basically everything, all the emotions that we went through when this happened [parting ways with Thundermother] to us.”

Johansson added: “I mean we tried to think of other themes but on the other hand this is what we feel right now and that’s the best outcome with lyrics to a song you know when you actually write something real and it was really therapeutic to put down our feelings in words. It’s been helpful for us in many ways and also I think I mean this debut album is a statement like we’re not going to give up basically, we’re going to rise up again no matter what.”

Mancini was asked if she had any regrets about over expressing her feelings in public after she was dismissed from Thundermother. She replied: “No I don’t regret anything. I feel like we are on a truth journey that’s this [Phoenix] album. We’re being honest and we’re sick of hiding what’s actually going on because of other circumstances or other people. I’m just sick of it, completely over not being truthful and we’re all very truthful honest people. That’s how we are as humans. So it’s nice to just be yourself freely and unfiltered.”

In terms of how Johansson had the courage to quit Thundermother when Mancini was let go, the drummer indicated: “Guernica was in the band and we had we always had each others back when things were tough. We were always happy on stage and I loved every show we played. Guernica was also really helpful to have as a real friend on tour that you could always text or whatever. We were a band, we were a democracy, that’s the way we worked in Thundermother and we split up the hard work and we did everything together. So for somebody in the band to just all of a sudden start making their own decisions that wasn’t for me at all. I could never imagine myself being in that band without Guernica and also the worst thing ever business-wise [decision] to fire the singer who had the voice that made our sound was not good.”

You can listen to the interview with Guernica Mancini and Emlee Johansson on The Metal Voice below:

The Gems‘ “Send Me To The Wolves” video:

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