MACUILXOCHITL: “Five Flower”, the Aztec god of music and dance
by Francisco H. Ciriza
Molotov, the loudmouthed, sometimes quirky, and most always edgy attention-grabbing foursome based in Mexico City has returned, escaping its own demise into the rock star lie and mentality to offer their third full-length album, Dance and Danse Denso, on Universal Music Latino and Surco Records.
Hip-hop purists may never forgive the band for failing to wholeheartedly return to the beat-laden tendencies that permeated their 1997 debut, Donde Jugar´an Las Niñas, but while some listeners will forever yearn for the magical genius of that classic, Molotov, is quite content with the creativity, the process, and the approach the group took while making the new recording.
After the whirlwind of successes and attention through which Molotov took the Latin Alternative music scene by storm, that band’s popularity seemed to stagnate as two subsequent releases failed to spark anywhere near the amount of excitement as ...Niñas. After a few months break in 2002, the band regrouped and began a comeback of sorts.
Mickey Huidobro, the band’s bassist and vocalist, spoke with La Prensa San Diego and gave some insight into what the band experienced and aspired to do with the new release.
“(After releasing ...Niñas) We never thought we’d be able to travel so much or that the record would have done so well in other places outside of Mexico. You suddenly realize you’re caught up in all of it. You realize after seven years you’ve taken on the role of rock star and are enjoying your lifestyle. So we felt the need to take a moment to step back, take a deep breath, and get back to where we started. We refreshed our memories and our ideas. We’re moremature now and we know much more about composing songs what it is we want from a Molotov record, which sounds we can make and with whom we like to work. All of those things sort came together in order for us to make this record. If you listen to this record, you’ll realize this record doesn’t have a lot of extra elements. It’s pretty much just Molotov playing their instruments,” says Huidobro from Los Angeles as the band prepared for their record-release show.
The band takes pride in their playing and their originality. They also are honest about the fact they don’t like to be pigeonholed. While they can write scorching lyrics lambasting politicos with selfish agendas, they also acknowledge the fact they have other interests and perspectives. “We’re four people that in some respects are very funny and very likable, but at the same time we’ve each got a serious side, as well. After a while one begins to feel a bit more brave and ready to sort of dance on the edge and that’s what we try to put into our songs.
“We don’t want to write solely about social issues or only about politics, because we’d then become bored with ourselves. We also like to drink, we like girls, so we also write songs about those topics,” says Huidobro.
And so while the band may be at somewhat of a crucial crossroads in terms of demonstrating the level of their legitimacy as a band with staying power, the band has kept its youthful attitude and open minds toward their world which may, at some point, prove to be much more of a critical judge.
Molotov plays at Canes in Mission Beach on March 31, 2003.