Eurovision-winning Italian rock band Maneskin have been honoured by the mayor of Rome. The four members were given a small replica of Lupa, the she-wolf who as legend has it nursed and sheltered the twins Romulus and Remus and became a symbol of the city. Since winning the contest they've become stars across Europe.
“I am aware of Spain that is going very well,” says singer Damiano David on the countries where Maneskin are selling records. “Russia is going very, very well, England and Netherlands. Scandinavian countries."
"Everywhere!!!," chips in bassist Victoria De Angelis.
The band ooze high-energy and high camp. Sexuality and gender are at the centre of their music and look. They say they want to convey an inclusive message of tolerance, somewhere between carefree and quiet rebellion.
"We basically have fun with it and we feel free to wear whatever makes us feel right and we are also trying to send a message about blurring all these kind of stereotypes between like gender norms and stuff,” says De Angelis. “So we think it's just fine to wear whatever makes you feel good with yourself. So that's what we do."
Maneskin are now number one on the streaming platform Spotify with millions of people listening to their last album and latest single "I Wanna Be Your Slave".