Mike Herrera

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Mike Herrera
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Background information
Birth name Michael Arthur Herrera
Born (1976-11-06) November 6, 1976 (age 37)
Bremerton, Washington, US
Genres Skate punk, punk rock, pop punk, alt-country, country rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bass guitar, guitar, piano
Years active 1992–present
Labels SideOneDummy, A&M, Tooth & Nail, Fat Wreck Chords
Associated acts MxPx, Arthur, The Cootees, Tumbledown
Website www.mxpx.com
Notable instruments
Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4-string, Takamine acoustic guitars

Michael Arthur Herrera (b. November 6, 1976) is an American musician most widely known as the vocalist and bass guitarist for the punk band MxPx. He is also the frontman of the band Tumbledown.

Early life[edit]

Herrera was born in Bremerton, Washington to Art and Michele Herrera and is of Mexican and English / Welsh descent.[1] He is the middle of three children and has an older sister and a younger sister. His parents live in Bremerton in the house he grew up in.[2] Herrera started MxPx while he was in high school with friends Andy Husted and Yuri Ruley with the band's first performance in his back yard.

Career[edit]

MxPx[edit]

Herrera is the primary songwriter and vocalist and bassist in MxPx.Herrera started the band with Andy Husted and Yuri Ruley in the summer of 1992, just before starting high school.

Mike Herrera Solo[edit]

Herrera has played many solo shows since 2008.

Tumbledown[edit]

Herrera started the band Mike Herrera's Tumbledown with guitarist Jack Parker, bassist Marshall Trotland, and drummer Harley Trotland. The band draws influences from being on tour as well as from "great American songwriters" such as Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. The sound of Tumbledown differs greatly from MxPx, taking a lighter, more country inspired sound.

Side Projects and Production[edit]

Herrera has produced albums such as "At Any Rate" by Too Bad Eugene and "Future Plans Undecided" by Element (101). He sang backing vocals on "Radio #2" from The Ataris album "So Long, Astoria" and "Runaway" by Amber Pacific, on their album Truth in Sincerity.

In addition to Tumbledown, Herrera has played in Arthur (MxPx plus their former bass tech Neil Hundt) and The Cootees (Mike Herrera, Jiles Brandon, Tom Wisniewski, and Dale Yob).

Herrera opened Monkey Trench studio in Bremerton in 2008. Herrera endorses Ernie Ball/Musicman Stingray basses and strings and has used them on every Mxpx recording. For amplification he uses an Hartke LH1000 head and a Hartke 8x10 cabinet. Herrera is also endorsed by Takamine Acoustic Guitars, Sparrow Guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps, Samson Tech, Hartke and Latin Percussion.


Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • MxPx – Pokinatcha (1994), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Teenage Politics (1995), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Life in General (1996), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • The Cootees – Let's Play House (1997), lead vocals on 7 songs, background vocals and guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo (1998), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – The Ever Passing Moment (2000), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Before Everything & After (2003), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Panic (2005), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album. Piano and electric keyboard on select songs.
  • MxPx – Secret Weapon (2007), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – On The Cover II (2009), vocals and bass on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Plans Within Plans (2012), vocals and bass on the entire album.
  • MxPx - Acoustic Collection (2014), vocals and acoustic guitar on the entire album
  • Tumbledown – Tumbledown (2009), vocals and acoustic and electric guitar on the entire album.
  • Tumbledown – Empty Bottle (2010), vocals and acoustic and electric guitar on the entire album.

EPs[edit]

  • MxPx – On The Cover (1995), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album. Guitar on 3 songs on the album.
  • MxPx – Move to Bremerton (1996), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • Arthur – Loneliness Is Bliss (1999), vocals and electric guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – The Renaissance EP (2001), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album. Electric keyboard and piano on select songs.
  • Tumbledown – Atlantic City EP (2007), vocals and electric guitar.

Compilations[edit]

  • MxPx – Let It Happen (1998), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • MxPx – Ten Years & Running (2002), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • Various Artists – "JoshuaFest 2005" (2005), vocals and guitar with Jordan Tyler on "On My Own" (the song was also featured in MTV's The Real World: Austin).
  • MxPx — Let's Rock (2006), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album, acoustic guitar on a few songs.

Live albums[edit]

  • MxPx – At The Show (1999), vocals and bass guitar on the entire album.
  • Tumbledown – Live in Tulsa (2010) vocals and acoustic guitar on the entire album. Upright Bass on 2 songs.
  • Mike Herrera – "Live in the basement" (2011) vocals and acoustic guitar on the entire album.

As producer[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zoom Handy Recorders: Mike Herrera". Zoomh2.net. July 6, 1992. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  2. ^ "MxPx’s business manager plays dual role – Central Kitsap Reporter". Pnwlocalnews.com. June 23, 2004. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  3. ^ http://marineviewdrive.bandcamp.com/album/five-days-down-ep

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