When Rinko and Yuzuru formed Molice in 2007, they had something most young bands
don’ta vision.Valuing the lessons learned from the dissolve of their previous band
China Chop, they set about crafting a more focused unit,taking their love for the conceptua
l bands of the ’60s and ’70s as an inspiration rather than a template and infusing it with
the edginess of their favorite movie, ‘Blade Runner’.
The result is a sound that couples the grunt of Pixies with the soul of The Doors,
a sprinkling of Smithsy guitar melody and a pinch of disco sensibility.
Their two albums may pack in a wide variety of styles, but their songwriting is always tight
and punchy,from the dancefloor bluster of ‘Headphone’ on 2008 album ‘Doctor Ray’
to the sultry, sexy ‘Romancer’ on 2010’s ‘Catalystrock’.
Though the band are now a four-piece, their core is very much a blend of the meticulous mind
of Rinko and Yuzuru’s handcrafted production techniques.
Molice formed in January 2007 when they began playing weekly jams at Tokyo bar Kokubunji
Rubber Soul,and they immediately set about crafting both their sound and image with care.
In May 2007, they self-produced their first recordings, releasing them as 'Molice Demo'.
Fast-forward to August,and Molice were on stage at Japan's biggest music festival, Summer Sonic.
In September they performed a solo show (which in Japan is considered a sign of great popularity)
before starting work on a series of three new demo CDs, which they released over the remains of
2007 and into the summer of 2008.
In November 2008, they released their first commercial CD, 'Doctor Ray',
followed by a year of headline shows around Tokyo's club scene, in places such as Shibuya,
Shinjuku and Akihabara.
That autumn, the music video for their track 'Headphone' was playlisted for repeated
broadcast on French TV station NOLIFE. The band rounded out 2009 with three shows
in London, England, followed in May 2010 by a show in Vietnam, at Hanoi’s CAMA Festival.
Whether at home or abroad, they inject their shows with raw power and energy.
Molice's second album, 'Catalystrock', was released in Japan in March 2010,
and quickly found a warm reception from critics: Molice were chosen by Time Out as one of five
Japanese acts primed for success in 2010,
and interviews with the band graced several national and local publications.