Tony Cadena

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Tony Cadena
Tony Cadena at Warped Tour 2010-08-10 01.jpg
Cadena performing with The Adolescents on the 2010 Warped Tour
Background information
Birth name Anthony Brandenburg
Also known as Tony Montana, Tony Adolescent, Bones, Tony Reflex
Born (1963-02-24) February 24, 1963 (age 53)
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genres Punk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, poet
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts The Adolescents, Abandoned, White Flag, Sister Goddamn, Flower Leperds, ADZ, Gabba Gabba Heys, Half Astro

Anthony Brandenburg (born February 24, 1963[1]) — also known by the stage names Tony Cadena, Tony Montana, Tony Adolescent, and Tony Reflex — is a punk rock singer/songwriter and poet.

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.


With Adolescents[edit]

With Abandoned[edit]

With White Flag[edit]

With Sister Goddamn[edit]

With Flower Leperds[edit]

With ADZ[edit]

With Gabba Gabba Heys[edit]

With Half Astro[edit]

With The Sun & Sail Club[edit]

Songs Featured in Film[edit]

Songs Featured in Video Game[edit]

Film Appearances[edit]


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