Tony Molina // Dissed and Dismissed
Recommended Track: See Me Through
The first time I heard about Tony Molina was earlier this year at a show, although I never did follow through in looking them up. I’m sure the correspondence went a little like this: “Hey man, check out this sick band Tony Molina.” In which case I respond most eloquently; “For sure, dude!” I never did “check them out.”
That’s why earlier this week I was pleasantly surprised when an anonymous DJ decided to play a Molina track at an event I attended. It was one of those special moments when you’re having a typically mundane conversation, and suddenly it’s like: “Whoa, what is this? Sounds like Guided By Voices… but it’s not.”
Tony Molina’s Dissed and Dismissed is a refreshing shot of layered and catchy guitar riffs that call to the 90s persuasion of rock music; Bands like Guided By Voices, Pavement, and Sebadoh immediately come to mind after further listening. A fusion of lo-fi, fuzz rock, Tony Molina could potentially be your typical run of the mill, distorted indie band — except that he isn’t.
Offering forcible guitar riffs, the layered lo-fi tendencies of Tony Molina carry depth to the music that make it exceptionally catchy. Songs such as “Tear Me Down” are almost too short, but they tease the listener to play the track one, two, or even three times in a row.
Released in February of 2013, Dissed and Dismissed is a twelve track collection of songs that reach just over eleven minutes. However, this brevity isn’t an indication of anything lacking in the music, rather it’s just the kind of thing you want in an album like Dissed and Dismissed or even GBV’s Alien Lanes: it’s short and personal, an easy album to get sad and drunk with. The album actually features a Guided by Voices cover, with final track “Wondering Boy Poet” bringing Molina’s Dissed and Dismissed to a close.
Tracks such as “See Me Through” are highly recommended, in that they carry many of the elements that define the overall album. “Tear Me Down” is a personal narrative for Molina that focuses on the fear of being alone. It exemplifies his mastery of catchy, short tracks with guitar pieces that stand out.