Nothing

Nothing was formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo. Previously, Palermo was the brains behind the early 2000′s hardcore/punk act Horror Show. In 2002, Horror Show was put on hold after Palermo was incarcerated for a stabbing that eventually led to a 2-year prison sentence. Upon his return, Palermo would take a lengthy hiatus from music. Then, in 2011, Palermo released a demo tape titled Poshlost under the moniker Nothing.

After several attempts at constructing a solid lineup for the band, Palermo met Brandon Setta. Setta would bring a lush, rich soundscape and a fresh approach to Palermo's vision for Nothing. Setta and Palermo would handle the writing for the next release, a very rare 12″ EP that was released on Japanese boutique label Big Love Records called Suns And Lovers (a play off the title of a D.H. Lawrence book). It was limited to 300 copies, and the band's share was donated back to the label for a tsunami relief charity. The next release, Downward Years To Come, was a 5-song EP and was recorded at the Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn with Kyle "Slick" Johnson. The record was released by Baltimore label A389 Records in November 2012. Written by Palermo and Setta, the concept behind Downward Years To Come was a dedication to several poets who had taken their own lives. Setta and Palermo would head into the studio again, this time with Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recordings, to write their debut LP, Guilty Of Everything. Relapse Records will release the album on March 4th, 2014.

Tony Molina

Constantly juggling hardcore and pop projects, Bay Area veteran musician, Tony Molina has won over fans in both camps. Since 2002, Molina has played in several bands including Dystrophy, Ovens, Lifetime Problems, Caged Animal and currently, his solo work. In both hardcore and pop, Molina values lyrical simplicity, structural concision, and the emotional impact of guitar riffs.

Two recent releases — the wistful riff rock of his first solo album, Dissed and Dismissed, and his new hardcore band Caged Animal's barbaric debut EP — illustrate the striking dichotomy that runs throughout Molina's discography over the last eleven years. On Dissed and Dismissed, Molina intensifies the slacker clichés and self-deprecation of Nineties indie rock into absurdist hyperbole. He expresses vulnerability and melodrama through bizarre truisms while referencing his forebears: Thin Lizzy leads, Radiohead lyrics, Replacements sneer. Molina appropriates unapologetically, but distills the past into bursts of reverence less than a minute long.

Andee Connors, of vaunted San Francisco music institution Aquarius Records, attempted to catch up with Molina's bountiful recordings, releasing a 44-track, self-titled Ovens CD on his own tUMULt imprint. The massive compilation contains recordings from 2006 to 2008. In his writing for the Aquarius catalog, Connors has repeatedly christened Molina a "pop genius."

Tennis System

Sharing their namesake with a song by predecessor noise pop group The Lilys, TENNIS SYSTEM are keeping the legacies of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, and the Jesus and Mary Chain alive with their expansive, catchy-as-hell pop songs. Matty Taylor and Misha Bullock are masters of loud and dirty anthems, but rising above the noise that blankets them are Taylor's beautifully sung, dreamy lyrics inspired by both love and art, from the drawings of Egon Schiele to the writing of Aldous Huxley.Teenagers, the group's second LP, was released by Kill/Hurt in December of 2011.

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