In a Japanese music industry filled with marketing creations, sci-fi alt-rock band Molice stands out with its distinctively DIY approach. The group takes inspiration from an assortment of ’70s punk and ’80s New Wave sounds, and even derived its name from some of these artists: the “mo-” comes from Jim Morrison, Moe Tucker and Morissey and the “-lice” comes from the Police. Molice released its third album, Neurogravity, in April.
Off of Neurogravity, we have the video premiere for the single “Fatima,” a power chord friendly jam that sounds like a close relative to New Wave vets Blondie. The video, directed by Taro Maruyama, displays trippy mirror-image visuals of the band performing in various odd settings. Imagery of birds reoccur throughout the video until at one point guitarist Yuzuru Takeda gets attacked during his convulsive solo in front of a gas pump. We recently asked the band a couple questions about the video, which you can find below.
What does the word “Fatima” mean in the context of this song?
Fatima means fate.
Why did you choose to use the split mirror effect throughout the video?
That was our video director’s idea. Our director might have come up with the idea by being inspired by our song which is about the fate that makes you and I connect.
Were any birds harmed in the making of this video?
We tried to film a real bird, but it didn’t come out like we wanted, so we used a model of a bird instead. But we became friends with the bird by putting it on our shoulders and guitars, even though we didn’t get to use the real bird in the cuts.