Music is "just a hobby" says Tony Molina. But it doesn't keep him from excelling at it. The seasoned front man spoke to Third Outing ahead of the release of his new record Confront The Truth. No stonewalling, here!
Tony Molina says it first:
"It is a mostly acoustic record, and in the style of my old band Ovens, who had a lot of acoustic based stuff"
We warn you now, Tony Molina is the kind of guy who likes to mislead. On his previous outing, Dissed & Dismissed, Molina churned out a seriously great Power Pop record. But his USP? There's more melodically to his style and he is much more cheerful than most people. We're not saying he doesn't know how to play on the reflective, introvert style, but his key is the happy.
We'll call that Molina's originality. What else he has conquered is the ability to write very short songs, some lasting from as little as 30 seconds up to 1 minute, and they are the objects of his love for experimentation. Indeed here is where he toys with anything from classical music, to the likes of the Bee Gees and Napalm Death.
Tony Molina is a true music fan. And his styles are ever changing, as can be seen in the latest Molina installment Confront The Truth. Here we finally do get to see the reflective, melancholic side of Molina, See Me Fall offering a short but oh so sweet Spanish guitar led melodic flutter with Beatles-esque harmonies and beautiful turns of phrase. Talking further about the art of the short song, plus 3 things nobody else in the world knows about the new record Confront The Truth yet, here's when Third Outing met Tony Molina...
Tony, See Me Fall is out and it sounds like a proper classic ballad. How's it been since the release?
I think that song has only been released on the internet. Some of my friends heard it and didn't like it and clowned on me for it so that was cool.
It's a short track! This might sound like a stupid question but is it a shorter process to record a short song?
For me it is. I hate my voice so it takes me forever to do vocals. Like an embarrassing amount of time to record two simple lines that sound decent. So if I was doing multiple verses and choruses it would be a nightmare. It's also annoying to mix a short song, because a song can end as soon as you start to get the hang of all the levels and stuff, so you have to repeat the song over and over and it can be tedious. Jack Shirley and Bart Thurber are saints for having the patience to endure that for so long.
As for the rest of the new record what should we expect from it? Have you done anything different for it?
It is a mostly acoustic record, and in the style of my old band Ovens, who had a lot of acoustic based stuff. One of the songs is actually a re-recording of a demo we recorded in 2007. I recorded 7 songs at Jack's studio in the 650, and a Thin Lizzy cover I recorded to the Tascam 688 in my old practice space at Turk and Taylor. It sounds nothing like the last one.
"I have always considered myself a fan and not a songwriter"
Could you tell us three things about Confront The Truth people don't know yet?
The title comes from a concept that our drummer Anthony OBC came up with that was an inside joke at the time and then sort of just became more of a serious thing in our circle. He was a huge influence and played shit on the record that I couldn't do myself. If it wasn't for his influence and contributions the record wouldn't have happened. The record is only 8 of over 30 songs that I recorded over the course of a year. Lastly, Max Bowman actually wrote all the songs on this 7" including the Lizzy cover!
We can hear many influences in your music. Contrast is the most important thing in music. Do you agree?
I don't really know. Isn't it different for everybody? I don't have a wide range of stuff I listen to. Most of it is basic guitar, drums music. I don't think it's interesting or unique that I like both Napalm Death and old Bee Gees, who sound totally different from each other, but who wouldn't love both those bands?
We would say that combination is interesting! Have you always liked to mess around with musical genres?
It's just a hobby for me, but I wouldn't say that it's a wide range of genres though. It comes from growing up playing along to albums on guitar, and learning chords and melodies that way, and making my own dumb imitations of that stuff. I get hung up and obsessed with certain things that I like and it drives me to do my own shit. I have always considered myself a fan and not a songwriter. Anyway, I want to retire this solo stuff and only play metal with my rough ass friends eventually. Shout out to SK, Bowman, Shelby, Casey, Chase, Nicole, Kirk, and Camille.