Making like it’s 20 July, 1969, Brisbane trio Marmaleene and The Moondusters are off on an intergalactic adventure in their sci-fi-styled new music video, Marms Visits The Moon.
Blasting off just in time for Halloween, Marms Visits The Moon rounds out an exciting month for the now-defunct band, who released their self-titled, collected works album on 4 October to celebrate the year they spent making music together before taking their final tubular bow in June 2018.
Inspired by everything from the artwork on old pulp magazine covers and B-grade film posters to early Tarantino soundtracks and the work of Dick Dale and Messer Chups, this experimental three-piece created an infectious jungle-surf sound that was uniquely their own.
“We wanted to play music that was both a little darker than your typical, straight happy-go-lucky surf sound, yet still fun, upbeat and something you could wiggle to,” said front man Michael Leo.
“Something you could put a pair of headphones onto and go on a journey into outer space or stimulate your imagination to go on some dark exotic jungle adventure.”
Their latest offering, the accompanying music video for Marms Visits The Moon, is just that, splicing together footage from old B-grade sci-fi films into a narrative that traverses themes of discovery, upheaval, battle and even romance, against a sonic backdrop of enticing, jingly suspense.
“We always wanted to play a gig with some old B-grade movie footage playing in the background but never got the chance, so we put the music and movie footage together in a music video instead.”
While the disbanded trio won’t be making any more new music together, they leave a legacy that will be remembered by many, reminding us all to appreciate the music and music makers we love.
“Marmaleene and the Moondusters is a good example that like life, bands don’t last forever. So, if you’re in a band, capture the magic while you can, and if you’re a fan of the band and they are playing a gig, go and see them while you can. Cause one day, whether the band knows it at the time or not, they will have played their last gig or made their last recording and that’s all there will ever be!”
Strap yourselves in this All Hallows Eve, and jet into space watching Marmaleene and The Moondusters’ new music video Marms Visits The Moon, exclusively below. The band’s collected works album Marmaleene and The Moondusters is out now via 4000 Records HERE.
MARMS VISITS THE MOON – MARMALEENE AND THE MOONDUSTERS
Feature image: Marmaleene and The Moondusters by Brett Croese