Bay Area indie favorite Tony Molina has always had a toe in the worlds of metal and punk — whether as part of powerviolence unit Healer, hardcore band Caged Animal or via any of his live contributors which include members of Fury, Bone Sickness and many many others over the course of his career. On his own (and as a member of his previous band, Ovens), Molina's work can best be classified as power pop — taking influence from Big Star, Weezer and Thin Lizzy musically, yet doing covers of "Master of Puppets" live while on recent tours with Ceremony and others. Heavy music is in his blood.
Molina is now prepping a new effort for Smoking Room, a compilation of several heretofore unheard tracks that comprise Songs From Mateo County, due on July 19th. Two of those tracks "Can't Find My Way" and "Not the Way to Be" make their debut here today (May 30th) and bring to mind bands like the aforementioned as well as Teenage Fanclub, the Replacements, the classic California sound of the Sixties and even the Beatles in some ways. Check out both tracks below and order your copy before they disappear – there are only 350 copies!