Toby played acoustic guitar in The Moldy Peaches, and bass guitar in the bands Darwin Deez and The Pizza Underground. He is experiencing the twilight of a once-prolific solo career, previously having recorded and released 26 albums in an eighteen-year span. He toured Europe in support of the tenth anniversary LP reissue of his untitled album in 2019, courtesy of Lousy Moon Records and Tiny Room Records, did it once more for the tenth anniversary LP reissue of his album Truth Jump Fall (BB*Island) in 2022, and yet again in 2022 in support of his Roger Miller covers album (BB*Island) with Mathias Kom of The Burning Hell.
Only Son is the music of NYC-based songwriter Jack Dishel.
His third LP as Only Son (self-titled) was co-produced by Jonathan Bates of Big Black Delta and released in October 2017. Many of the songs from the album are featured in episodes of :DRYVRS, a comedy web-series that Jack wrote, directed and stars in.
His previous album, "Searchlight", features a duet written and sung with Regina Spektor and guest appearances by Kishi Bashi, members of The Strokes and Little Joy.
In the years following the 2006 release of his debut album, "The Drop To The Top", Dishel toured the world opening for fellow NYC songwriters Regina Spektor and Adam Green, sang on their albums and also lent his voice to records by Kimya Dawson and Nickel Eye. In addition, he sang and played guitar as a touring member of Little Joy.
Before creating Only Son, Dishel released two albums under the name Stipplicon and was lead guitarist for The Moldy Peaches.
"Only Son reminds me of an amazing place I've never been to." - Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes
“The young American is a future headliner without a doubt.” –BBC Birmingham
“Features spare poetry that would have made a late 1960s John Lennon proud.” – Hybrid Magazine
“Funny and charming and talented enough to win us over.” –The Seattlest
“He possesses a turn of phrase that is quite extraordinary.” –Spitz (London, UK)
"Only Son has been praised far and wide for his dazzling lyrics and stage presence." -Austinist