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MOLICE / Press

“Rinko and the rest of her bandmates have crafted one of the most playfully evil albums of the year. Whether it’s paying tribute to Blade Runner with “Please Please Pris” or letting loose its “Active Imagination” Molice have taken its 60s-inspired surf rock style and gave it the futuristic jolt the genre’s greatly needed. Neugravity is a musical romp straight out of a grindhouse double-feature, with the personality of a Bond villain to give it an extra dose of wickedness; just don’t stare directly into its eyes.”

“MOLICE goes full-throttle cyber-love with NEUGRAVITY, and some hardcore Blade Runner inspiration shows up in the opening tracks “Rachel” and “Please Please PRIS”. There are solid rock performances throughout this album, and while Rinko’s vocals can become a little shrill to the uninitiated, the soft glide of “Pleasure Song” comes in near the mid-point to relax the album’s pace a bit.”

“In a Japanese music industry filled with marketing creations, sci-fi alt-rock band Molice stands out with its distinctively DIY approach.”

“A great journey is beginning for MOLICE, and Doctor Ray would scratch his/her/its' head to come up with the science to back this claim of destined stardom and legend status. This is simply the way it has to be for this darling quartet of the Tokyo indie rock scene. There is a sense of freshness that permeates through every pore of this album.”

“Don't call them copycats. Yes, Tokyo four-piece Molice's tough guitar sound might seem instantly familiar to anyone who grew up with American alternative-rock acts such as Juliana Hatfield, the Pixies or Sonic Youth. But Molice's music carries a crackling atmosphere that's all its own. Queasy, uneasy songs with a fiery energy. Rumbling rhythms that hit you in the gut. The occasional explosion into a life-affirming chorus. And "Neugravity," the band's third album, focuses this energy like never before.”

“New Wave may seem a bit silly to call a new category for music coming out in 2011-2012, but that's what this is. If you long for the dense guitar, the heavy-on-the-hi-hat-sparse drums, and the quirky vocal driven phenomenon that was the (especially early) '80's...Molice is a must-listen. But they don't leave it at that...Molice also isn't afraid of grooves, poetry, or distortion. From Tokyo- Rinko (Vocal & Rhythm Guitar,) Yuzuru Takeda (Guitar,) and Takashi Koyama (Drums) are dishing out something refreshing while somehow recognizable. Let's put it this way: a listen to Molice is seriously going to take you back to the future.”

“You’ll notice on that on “Ms. Panic” there’s more of a ’90s alternative feel. Versatility is a part of their coolness. On any of their albums you’ll find a well curated collection of rock ‘n’ roll’s most shades-worthy moments — all retrofitted and recreated as songs that are absolutely Molice’s own.”

“Taking in the angular riffs of the Pixies, the dancefloor grooves of CSS, the odd Johnny Marr guitar flourish, dry female vocals and little pinches of shoegaze, rockabilly and soul, Molice’s sound is at once complex yet spare. Their new album, Catalystrock, is darkly thrilling.”

“The band has synthesized their pop / punk predecessors’ sounds and made them new, fresh and ultimately their own. Molice are armed with dreamy vocals that have a touch of sadness and pop-friendly numbers with rockin riffs. Although sung in Japanese with just a sprinkle of English, their music is very accessible even for non J-pop fans.”

“Your typical Japanese listener would consider them the unJ-Rock Japanese rock band. And that's a title that would suit Molice fine. Many terms have been thrown around when describing their music: alternative, surf-rock, retro, shoegaze, pop, punk....but at the same time each song retains its own distinct flavor, there's only one word that doesn't come into the equation: formulaic. Molice's albums have a cinematic sense and are usually themed after one of their favorite movies. The first was inspired by Blade Runner and the second, Farenheit 451. A look into Molice's name reveals a little more. It's a combination of the katakana pronunciations of Police, Morrissey, (Jim) Morrision, and Maureen (Tucker) A look into Molice's influences peels back another layer. In addition to the aforementioned, the list includes the Pixies, Beatles, and Television. So which is it? The truth is, it's all of those and more.”

“With catchy alternative music inspired by western 90's punk and rock bands, MOLICE broke into the scene just two years ago with the goal to conquer mainstream music worldwide. With lyrics and music created by frontlady Rinko, MOLICE has created a unique sound that is quickly gaining them popularity.”