Generation Mangled: Swagger, Sentiments, and Stories
Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen
Generation Mangled is a Los Angeles based hard rock band formed in April of 2017. Generation Mangled is a band that definitely stands out in today’s music, has a message, and songs that tell a story. Their self-titled explosive debut album was released May 15th, 2018. To date the band has shared a stage with The Led Zeppelin Experience, Enuff Z’ Nuff, and Motley Inc, and are in the process of lining up dates for the remainder of 2018. If you’re in Los Angeles, make sure to catch them perform June 28th as direct support for Dio Disciples at The Whisky.
Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen: What is the meaning behind the band name Generation Mangled?
Nima Farahani: The name of the band has to do with the current state of the music industry, which we consider in dire straits. It’s the age of dead heroes and today’s music doesn’t really seem to move anyone. It is a terrible time for music, all at the expense of today’s youth – generation mangled.
Metal Babe: What a great name with an in-depth meaning. Can you please elaborate a bit more on your viewpoint of the current state of the music industry?
Nima: The music industry is at an all-time low, which is likely why there are no more real record companies and record stores. The music business has changed dramatically – and not for the better. We believe that music requires: 1) Musicians 2) Playing musical instruments. Without musicians playing musical instruments, you cannot have music. You may be able to have sound/noise, but it is not music. A guy talking over a drum machine is not music. Cover bands too are a part of the problem. Every musician in a cover band is an “art-less artist.” Even though some actually have some talent, they have no product. If they would stop playing other people’s music long enough to write their own, the music industry could possibly make a comeback. Then, we would have a substantial amount of new music to pick from and would not be forced to hear repeats of 30-year-old songs all day long. How many more times to we need to hear a cover band playing Led Zeppelin songs? Enough already!
Metal Babe: I’m glad Generation Mangled is making a difference and contributing to the solution. How long have you been together, and how did you all connect?
Nima: This band formed in April 2017. I played with Joey Norris (bass) in a headlining Sunset Strip band called Dancer when we were teenagers. We became headliners in a short period of time and broke attendance records at almost every one of our shows, which is not hard to do when you are a kid and hang out with 700 of your closest friends on a daily basis. On four different occasions, the West Hollywood Fire Marshall shut down our show due to overcapacity. Dancer broke the attendance record at Gazzarri’s two weeks before the passing of Bill Gazzarri. The attendance record was first set by The Doors, then by Van Halen, Guns N’ Roses, and Warrant, and then by Dancer. I have played music with Lance Crane (drums) in number of projects over the last almost 15 years. Donovan Germain (vocals) was the last addition to the lineup and he joined us in April of 2017.
Metal Babe: Wow, that’s impressive about Gazzari’s. How did the band find Donovan? Nima: We met Donovan when he contacted us through a listing we had posted on a musicians’ directory. We sent a couple of songs to a bunch of singers to learn before their audition. When Donovan came in, he sang the songs like a beast. We were floored. I think we threatened his life if he didn’t join the band.
Metal Babe: Haha. That’s funny. Glad it worked. How would you describe your music to someone who isn’t familiar?
Nima: We are definitely a hard rock band. However, we use a modern updated approach to our sound. We sprinkle on a bit of EDM and other keyboard-based music as a rhythmic and melodic foundation to our brand of rock. It is a fresh and updated spin to an otherwise familiar and loved genre of music.
Metal Babe: What do your lyrics tend to be about? Is there a message you are trying to put out there?
Nima: Our lyrics are something we work on tirelessly until the message is delivered, with as much swagger as possible. Song lyrics are poetry and must be artfully conveyed. Our songs tell a story, almost like a novel. We don’t claim to write songs about our lives. That’s not our style. We write stories, similar to Mark Twain. Every song will take the listener on a lyrical journey and bring them back satisfied, exhausted and sweaty.
Metal Babe: I love that about Generation Mangled! What is the writing (music/lyrics) process like for the band?
Nima: Usually it starts with a piece music that I bring in to work on with the guys. Sometimes, I write music around a vocal melody Donovan wrote. Whatever is organic.
Metal Babe: Great. Let’s talk about a couple of your songs specifically. “Watercolors in the Rain” is one of my top favorite songs on the album. What’s that one about?Nima: “Watercolors in the Rain” is a strange story. The idea is, in a large of crowd of people (“where faces run together like watercolors in the rain”) a child sees a man strike a woman and doesn’t really understand what he just saw. The story is first being told from the confused and scared child’s point of view. Then the storyline switches and is told from the victim’s perspective. Lastly, the troubled man begins telling his own story about how his less-than-desirable life is the product of his own conduct and poor decisions.
Metal Babe: Very interesting. What about “Bonnie and the Tommy Gun?”
Nima: Bonnie and the Tommy Gun is basically a book report about the old Bonnie and Clyde movie. It pretty much follows the movie closely and tells the story of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker and how they lived in the 1930s. Clyde was a baaaaaad dooooooode!
Metal Babe: That’s what I was thinking! Although your debut was just released in May, you’re already working on the next album, and are going to play a brand-new song “Never Again” at your June 28th show at The Whisky (with Dio Disciples). What can you tell us about the new album?
Nima: The songs on the new album will certainly be identifiable. Due to our unique hard rock sound, we really sound like no one out there. However, the new material will have a bit more of the Generation Mangled flavor added. We will continue updating our brand of rock by adding elements of industrial and electronic music to the existing sound. The production will be well done and sound will be huge.
Metal Babe: Great! You’ve performed three times so far (Motley Inc., The Led Zeppelin Experience, and Enuff Z’Nuff.) What can you tell us about these shows? Any stand out moments?
Nima: Every show we have done so far has been packed. We are certainly blessed to have been received the way that we have and hope that the loyal rock and roll fans that come to see us will continue to enjoy the product that we deliver and continue to join us at all our future shows.
Metal Babe: What can fans expect from a live show?
Nima: A group of seasoned musicians that really know how to put on a pro-level performance that will keep the audience’s attention for the duration of the concert – sending them home wanting more – GUARANTEED!!!
Metal Babe: What final words would you like to say to our readers?
Nima: We’d like to sign off by simply saying that we are a rock band heavily influenced by the beloved rock genre that we all grew up on. We too listened to those epic bands when we were kids and had them shape us as the people that we are today. The music of Generation Mangled is pure and organic, and certainly pays homage to timeless music. It comes from a day and time when songwriting mattered and concerts were a big deal instead of a lifeless shoe-gazing event. Come see what the commotion is all about. You will leave as a different person than the one that walked in!