Tony Reflex

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Tony Reflex
Tony Cadena at Warped Tour 2010-08-10 01.jpg
Performing with the Adolescents on the 2010 Warped Tour
Background information
Birth name Anthony Brandenburg
Also known as
  • Tony Cadena
  • Tony Montana
  • Tony Adolescent
  • Tony Reflex
Born (1963-02-24) February 24, 1963 (age 54)
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, poet
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Adolescents, Abandoned, White Flag, Sister Goddamn, Flower Leperds, ADZ, Sun & Sail Club

Anthony Brandenburg (born February 24, 1963[1]) is an American musician best known as the lead singer for the punk rock band the Adolescents. He has used the pseudonyms Tony Cadena, Tony Montana, and Tony Adolescent, and since 1992 has most consistently credited himself as Tony Reflex. Active in music since 1980, he has fronted several bands in addition to the Adolescents—including the Abandoned, the Flower Leperds, ADZ, and Sister Goddamn—and has performed on over 20 studio albums.

At age 16, Brandenburg founded the Adolescents in Fullerton, California with fellow punk musicians Steve Soto and Frank Agnew. Under the name Tony Cadena, he sang on the band's debut album Adolescents and the Welcome to Reality EP (both 1981), but the group disbanded shortly thereafter. Changing his stage name to Tony Montana, he started a new group, the Abandoned, which released one studio album. The Adolescents reunited, but Brandenburg left the band after 1987's Brats in Battalions, and they recorded one album without him before breaking up again. Brandenburg joined the Flower Leperds, replacing original singer Marc Olson, and released three studio albums with them between 1988 and 1990, sometimes calling himself Tony Adolescent. His next group, Sister Goddamn, issued albums in 1992 and 1995. Meanwhile, a brief Adolescents reunion in 1989 reconnected him with former bandmates Rikk Agnew and Casey Royer, and the three started a new group, ADZ, with Brandenburg now using the name Tony Reflex. Agnew and Royer left following the group's 1992 debut album, but Brandenburg kept ADZ going for the next thirteen years with other members and issued three more studio albums. The Adolescents reunited again in 2001 and have remained active, touring and releasing five studio albums with lineups anchored by Brandenburg and founding bassist Steve Soto. Brandenburg has also collaborated with the bands White Flag and Sun & Sail Club for records on which he has served as their singer.

Outside of bands, Brandenburg has pursued a career in teaching and has been a vocal advocate for the rights of people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, as well as for music and fine arts in education. He has also written and performed poetry, and has written for music magazines including Flipside and Maximumrocknroll.

Career[edit]

Tony's musical career started with a band he formed in junior high school, in which he played Tupperware, pots and pans, an octagon organ, and also wrote the lyrics. The band practiced at his home—specifically in the garage—but split up soon after forming. In 1979, then 16-year-old Tony formed The Adolescents with Steve Soto while they talked at the end of an Agent Orange concert in Santa Ana, California. The band released a track on Rodney Bigenheimer's "Rodney on the Roq" in 1980 which led to the release of their self-titled debut album The Adolescents and an EP in 1981, and disbanded later that year. Cadena then moved on to bands such as The Abandoned and God Riots 73.

In 1986, he found himself playing in The Adolescents again, assuming the stage name "Tony Montana" when the band reformed. After leaving The Adolescents in 1987, Tony joined the Flower Leperds. After a reunion in 1989, Tony went on to start another band in the Adolescents tradition called ADZ, in which he currently remains. Tony has also done occasional guest vocal spots with Los Angeles veterans White Flag and Fu Manchu, France's Burning Heads, as well as with desert rockers Half Astro.

In 2001, Tony regrouped with the other original members of The Adolescents for a reunion tour in honor of the 20th anniversary of their self-titled album. They continue to tour worldwide and released a studio album in 2005 titled OC Confidential. Since 2007, the Adolescents had been working on their next studio album, The Fastest Kid Alive which was eventually released in 2011, as well as contributions for upcoming tributes to the Runaways, and the Seeds. With the Adolescents, he has received Best Punk Band by the OC Music Awards in 2010 and 2012, In 2003 the Adolescents were chosen as the greatest all time band from Orange County by the OC Weekly.[2] In 2012 he began work on a four song EP with the Adolescents titled "American Dogs in Europe" for the German label Concrete Jungle.

Aside from his musical pursuits, Tony has a career in teaching, and for a period taught special education. He is a vocal advocate for the rights of people with autism and Asperger's Syndrome, as well as for music and fine arts in education. He has done numerous benefits to raise money for these interest groups, including benefit shows for the Silverlake Music Conservatory, and submitting a track for "Brats on the Beat" for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

In his spare time, Tony writes poetry that has been described as being "hilarious or heartbreaking"; a notable poetry reading was at the Parlour Club in Santa Monica on April 21, 2002. Tony was invited to read by poet Lydia Lunch and photographer/artist Steve Martinez. His poetry, most of which is unpublished, spans some 30+ years.

Tony has written for various magazines, most notably Flipside, "Maximum Rock and Roll", and Loud, Fast, Rules. His interviews with bands Manic Hispanic, Electric Frankenstein, and the Lee Harvey Oswald Band are among the earliest print interviews that exist for those bands. He has also written numerous liner notes for recorded and printed works, including liner notes for the Adolescents releases "Live 1981 and 1986" and "Naughty Women in Black Sweaters", Abandoned "LAMF", "Gabba Gabba Hey" (which he co-produced), "Blitzkrieg Over You", and "Beach Blvd.", as well written pieces in print releases by Bruce Duff, photographer Edward Colver, film maker Dave Markey, and photography in the poster/art book for New Jersey monster rockers Electric Frankenstein.

Discography[edit]

Year Artist Title Type Role Credited as
1981 Adolescents Adolescents studio album lead vocals Tony Cadena
1981 Adolescents Welcome to Reality EP lead vocals Tony Cadena
1985 Abandoned Killed by Faith studio album lead vocals Tony Montana
1987 Adolescents Brats in Battalions studio album lead vocals Tony Montana
1988 Flower Leperds Dirges in the Dark studio album lead vocals Tony Adolescent
1989 Flower Leperds Heaven's Closed studio album lead vocals Tony Montana
1989 Adolescents Live 1981 and 1986 live album lead vocals Tony Montana
1989 Flower Leperds One Miserable Bastard on a Pencil / The Starving Artist Sessions EP lead vocals Tony Montana
1990 Flower Leperds Purple Reign studio album lead vocals Tony Adolescent
1990 Adolescents Return to the Black Hole live album lead vocals Tony Adolescent
1990 White Flag "Young Girls" single lead vocals Tony Adolescent
1991 Flower Leperds Gabba Gabba Hey: A Tribute to the Ramones tribute album lead vocals on "Commando" Tony Montana
1992 Jeff Dahl "Lisa's World" single lead vocals on "One Chord Wonders" Tony Brandenburg
1992 Sister Goddamn Portrait in Crayon studio album lead vocals Tony Montana
1992 Pinups Pinups studio album lead vocals Tony Montana
1992 ADZ Where Were You? studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
1995 Flower Leperds More Songs About Dames, Dope, and Debauchery compilation album lead vocals Tony Montana
1995 ADZ "Tetsuo" single lead vocals Tony Reflex
1995 ADZ Piper at the Gates of Downey studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
1995 Sister Goddamn Folksongs of the Spanish Inquisition studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
1996 Abandoned Los Angeles, Motherfucker!!! compilation album lead vocals Tony Reflex
1996 ADZ Hits for the Gutter EP lead vocals Tony Reflex
1998 ADZ Transmissions from Planet Speedball studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
1999 ADZ Gigantor / ADZ single lead vocals Tony Reflex
1999 ADZ Odz 'n' Sodz compilation album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2000 ADZ ADZ / Electric Frankenstein single lead vocals Tony Reflex
2000 ADZ Five Fingers of Dr. X compilation album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2002 ADZ American Steel studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2003 Adolescents Unwrap and Blow Me! EP lead vocals Tony Reflex
2004 Adolescents Live at the House of Blues live album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2005 Adolescents The Complete Demos 1980–1986 compilation album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2005 Adolescents OC Confidential studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2006 ADZ Live Plus Five live album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2006 various artists Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids tribute album lead vocals on "Cretin Hop" Tony Reflex
2008 Half Astro Hybrid studio album vocals on "IB4E (XCPTFTRT)" Tony Reflex
2009 Adolescents Burning Heads / Adolescents EP lead vocals Tony Reflex
2010 White Flag Benefit for Cats live album lead vocals on "Amoeba" Tony Reflex
2011 Adolescents The Fastest Kid Alive studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2011 White Flag Live at Bohemian Grove / Coco Hayley Gordon Moore EP lead vocals Tony Adolescent
2012 Adolescents American Dogs in Europe EP lead vocals Tony Reflex
2012 Adolescents Adolescents / Muletrain EP lead vocals Tony Reflex
2013 Adolescents Presumed Insolent studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2014 Burning Heads Choose Your Trap studio album vocals on "Stick Our Heads Up High" Tony Adolescent
2014 Adolescents La Vendetta studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex
2015 Adolescents Gin single lead vocals Tony Reflex
2015 Sun & Sail Club The Great White Dope studio album lead vocals Tony Adolescent
2016 Adolescents Manifest Density studio album lead vocals Tony Reflex

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Cadena". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  2. ^ Arellano, G.; et al. "129 Greatest OC Bands Ever!".