Were it not for my friend, Steve, I might not have an appreciation for surf music. Back in the late 90s, when he and I were managing record stores in the Austin area, he took me to see Los Straightjackets at the Continental Club here in Austin. I had a blast at the show. In time, he introduced me to The Ventures, Dick Dale, Man or Astroman?, and more.
Thanks to Tom (another old friend), I can bring you the Molly Mcguires
, or as their fans affectionately call them, “The Mollys.” They were formed in 2002 by Jake Hooker (guitar), Dallas Hölmes (drums), Jackson White (guitar), and Jacob Johnson (bass) in Beaumont, Texas.
The band mixes their punk influences and a surf sensibility to produce what they call dirty surf. I have never seen them live, but it certainly sounds like a good time.
Jacob Johnson left the band in 2005 to tend to his new family and newborn son and was replaced by Chris Badger.
The band dissolved in 2008 after Chris Badger left to pursue other opportunities (he currently plays bass in Houston-based band Cordial
Jake Hooker went on to play bass in We Were Wolves
, who are still actively playing and touring.
Jackson White was recruited by the reggae band Outlaw Nation
as a touring guitarist, and has shared stages with some very prominent acts such as Fishbone and 311, among others. He is now working on a new project, still in progress…
Dallas Hölmes stayed close to his punk rock roots, with a brief stint drumming in local punk act, Wormdirt. After relocating to Houston, he more recently joined
the lineup of the long running band Zeroheros
Jacob Johnson kept close to home and jammed with friends in the Beaumont based blues-rock group, The Crazy Ivans
They have played everywhere imaginable, from wedding ceremonies to lesbian bars, and opening for bands ranging from the Reverend Horton Heat to The Murder Junkies (one of GG Allin’s many backup bands).
The Mollys still pack Beaumont venues when they venture out to revisit old times and have discussed the possibility of writing new material in the future.
“Dirty Surf,” their one full length album, was released in 2004 on Smelly Menace Records. They also have an unofficial live album composed mostly of material not on the LP.
Here is a video from their recent reunion in March, at The Art Studio in Beaumont, TX: