The Maggie Pills
The Maggie Pills | Credit: Triana Hernandez

PREMIERE: The Maggie Pills Embody Their Spirit Animals in Surreal ‘City Rats’ Video

Argentine-Australian punk band The Maggie Pills released their debut album, Hope Is A Risk, in June 2023. Music Feeds is premiering the music video for the album’s fourth single, ‘City Rats’. Peruvian-Australian director Triana Hernandez is responsible for the surreal, lo-fi visual – watch it below.

Based in Melbourne/Naarm, The Maggie Pills is led by Argentinian vocalist Delfi Sorondo and Venezuelan drummer Mario Perez.

The Maggie Pills – ‘City Rats’

The title, ‘City Rats’, is a nod to the remarkable adaptability of rats, who manage to subsist in a range of alien environments. Sorondo and Perez conceived the song during the Covid lockdowns as they reflected on their own chances of survival in a foreign land.

“The city rats made me think about how perhaps sometimes having less makes you more flexible and thereby increases your chances of survival,” Sorondo said. “Rats will live forever and outlive everything because they are extremely adaptable.”

The grainy character of the ‘City Rats’ video is a departure from the bigger budget videos for previous Hope Is A Risk singles, ‘Bright the Brightest Light’, ‘The Freedom Club’ and ‘Hope Is A Risk’. Hernandez – aka 1800 Triana – directed all of the videos.

“This video is an ode to lo-fi fantasy, $2 shop magic and rats as spirit animals,” said Hernandez. “After various high production music videos with the band, it felt right to make this video almost as a statement, as if to say that magic can never be limited by budget.”

Get your hands on Hope Is A Risk by The Maggie Pills here.

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