Bay Area native Tony Molina is unabashedly fond of confessional pop, brooding hardcore, and Taco Bell. As principle songwriter of prolific San Francisco group Ovens, he recorded hundreds of poignant, brief pop songs with thick guitar riffs and blistering leads. But Molina simultaneously fronted a number of ferocious hardcore bands like Lifetime Problems and, currently, Caged Animal. "Don't Come Back" is the lead single from his solo debut LP, Dissed and Dismissed, which continues Ovens' basic, hook-laden guitar pop. But the acoustic intro heard in this video is actually a separate, 12-second track on the album entitled "Sick Ass Riff." The video is directed by Hannah Lew from San Francisco post-punk trio Grass Widow, whose resume also includes videos for the Mallard and Wax Idols.
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It encompasses Molina's artistic duality and unlikely affinity for both pop and hardcore by setting the track on an idyllic beach while several punks mosh in the background. As Lew explains, "All he [Molina] really said was that he wanted to eat Taco Bell in the video and that he wanted his friends to be in it." Indeed, "Taco Bell" is the title of a track on Molina's upcoming split single with Swiftumz on the Oakland label Slumberland.
Crosses are central to Molina's visual aesthetic, so Lew utilized a multiframe technique to display the shape on screen throughout the video. "I wanted to make a video that truly represents him," Lew says. "Like the use of the cross, Tony is a guy that gets away with a lot of things that other people just can't pull off. He's not afraid to make an homage."