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Tony Molina Band, Pandiscordian Necrogenisis, The Love-Birds, Smiles
Hemlock Tavern
San Francisco, CA
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Tony Molina Band, Pandiscordian Necrogenisis, The Love-Birds, Smiles
West Bay native Tony Molina has been following a fascinating trajectory on his recent string of releases. Early entries like the 6 Songs EP and Dissed And Dismissed LP combined the best bits of Weezer/Teenage Fanclub-style power-pop with Tonys smart, touching songs, shredding guitar pyrotechnics and ironclad DIY HC roots. 2016s Confront The Truth EP flipped the script in a big way, leaving the guitar crunch behind in favor of mostly acoustic arrangements that owe as much to Horizontal-era Bee Gees and the Fanclubs mellower moments as they do to Georges Harrison and Martin. Its a masterful record, packing more melodic flair and emotional truth into 11 minutes than most bands manage in an hour.

Now Tony is back with his brilliant, long-awaited album Kill The Lights. The ten songs on Kill The Lights continue in his evolution towards stripping the songs back to reveal each ones emotional and melodic core. But where Confront The Truth was mostly acoustic, Kill The Lights adds back some full band arrangements to brilliant effect. Album opener Nothing I Can Say is a lovely 12-string pop tune that would sit snugly in The Byrds songbook  its that good. Wrong Town is gentle and subtly wrenching, recalling prime Elliott Smith in its simple truth. Afraid To Go Outside expands on some of the pastoral early Bee Gees/Kaleidoscope/Tomorrow flavor revealed on Confront, aided by some great organ lines. Now That Shes Gone features some gorgeous guitar finger-picking, while Jaspers Theme is a rootsy mid-tempo groover that leans towards Gram-era Byrds.

Everywhere on Kill The Lights we hear Tony synthesizing his influences with great skill and intention; these classic folk and pop styles are being employed in the service of stellar songs and universal lyrical truths rather than just as aesthetic filigree. This is why beautiful, elegant songs like When She Leaves and Before You Go arent really so far from Molinas punk roots  they reflect a dedication to craft combined with an intense commitment to self-expression that transcends simplistic genre boundaries. The sonic palette may be shifting, but the tunes are all Tony and we should all be grateful for that.

Black metal mastery.

San Francisco jangle pop extraordinaire.

Laugh now, cry later: here is the debut 7 EP from San Franciscos own SMILES. This record continues the Melters cult of GERARD LOVE worship, but you can listen closely and catch some nods to PRIMAL SCREAM, the Paisley Underground or even ELLIOTT SMITHs later electric work. An early treat for what promises to be a bitter year, only on Melters.

   August 7, 2018
   8:30 pm - 11:55 pm


Hemlock Tavern (View)
1131 Polk St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States


Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Hemlock Tavern
On BPT Since: Jun 20, 2008
Tony Bedard

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