Coming to Sakura Sunday on April 15th will be The Molice, a modern Japanese band who draw inspiration from 70’s punk’s DIY spirit, 80’s new wave, power pop and 90’s unchained indies guitar rock. While many Japanese bands are the product of management hired producers and stylists, The Molice have gone their own indie way, and created their own sound from a wide and unlikely combination of influences. Their name also has a variety of inspirations including- the Police, and the “mo” of Jim Morrison, Mo Tucker, and Morissey. Music writers have scrambled to find comparisons, with the Pixies and the Pretenders coming up most often.
The band was formed in 2007 by the singer/rhythm guitarist Rinko and the guitarist Yuzuru Takeda. After a year of polishing their material playing Tokyo’s numerous rock venues, the band made their recorded debut in November 2008 with their album ‘Doctor Ray’. Most recently, the band spent the summer of 2017 recording a new album in the US for release in 2018.
The Molice will be performing at 4:15pm on the main stage, so don’t forget to catch them!