Tony Molina has never suffered a shortage of musical outlets over the years. He was the frontman of the late, great SF band Ovens. He played in Sopors. He’s the lead guitarist for Violent Change and also sings for Caged Animal. Now he’s back with his first solo effort, a punk-infused indie rock record called Dissed and Dismissed, out yesterday on SF label Melters.
Dissed and Dismissed‘s 12 tracks live up to the record’s outsider-oriented title, reeking of disenchantment and disaffection, with Molina’s laid back vocal style coursing over the top of fuzzed out riffs. In fact, Molina’s songwriting exudes such an air of disillusionment and alienation, that even his attention span for his own craft is maddeningly short – the entire record clocks in at just over 11 minutes.
That’s right – the songs average less than a minute each. In fact, one track (the ironically-titled “Sick Ass Riff”, which sounds more like Randy Rhoads’ “Dee” than the vicious licks of Tenacious D that its name suggests) runs only 25 seconds.
But that’s certainly no commentary on the quality of those tracks. In fact, Dissed and Dismissed is full of nothing but catchy riffs, Molina’s unfailingly impressive guitar work, and lyrics that speak to the album’s outcast-centric themes. Lead single “Don’t Come Back” (also the record’s longest track at one minutes and 32 seconds) is a throwback to the good ol’ days of ’90s indie rock, calling to mind legends Yo La Tengo, Pavement, and Guided By Voices (which isn’t surprising, considering Molina included a cover of the latter’s “Wondering Boy Poet” on the album). Perfectly lo-fi, yet still epic despite its brief life, the song is Molina at his best, crafting soaring guitars, changing pace on a dime, roping in his listener with an irresistible hook, and spewing what his label calls “unbearably relatable lyrics.”
Listen to “Don’t Come Back” (via SoundCloud):
This is only the second album from nacent SF imprint Melters, whose sole prior release was Violent Change’s excellent Suck On The Gun EP. Stream, download, or buy Tony Molina’s Dissed and Dismissed on vinyl over on Melters’ Bandcamp page, and check out the album’s cover art below.