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 skate punk band MxPx, as well as being the front-man of his new 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 still 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 as well as playing the bass guitar in the skate punk band MxPx.Herrera started the band with Andy Husted and Yuri Ruley in the summer of 1992, just before starting high school. In time it became clear that Andy was unable or unwilling to go on tours. Andy left the band and was replaced by Tom Wisniewski who (at the time) had one year experience playing guitar and was more proficient on the drums.

Mike Herrera Solo[edit]

Mike has been ever increasing his solo performances all over the world for the last six years playing songs from all influences of his life.

Tumbledown[edit]

Herrera recently created 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 Herrera's new project differs greatly from MxPx taking a lighter, more country inspired sound. He says "It's all about the songs. What it sounds like depends on who you are," and "I don't claim that we're a country band... we're just a band...I just like the fact that it's a different sound," Herrera says. "Different than a country band, different than a punk rock band, different than a rockabilly band – we're somewhere there in the ether, somewhere in between it all.”

Other music[edit]

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

He has been in several side projects. They are:Tumbledown, Arthur (MxPx plus their former bass tech Neil Hundt), The Cootees (Mike Herrera, Jiles Brandon, Tom Wisniewski, and Dale Yob).

Herrera opened his own music production studio, Monkey Trench, in Bremerton on July 1, 2008. Herrera avidly 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.

Herrera also appeared in the video for A Day to Remember's single "All I Want," alongside musicians such as Andrew W.K., Pierce the Veil, Trivium, and Pete Wentz and many more.

Herrera co-wrote a song with Art of Dying. It did not make the album but can be streamed on their singer's, Jonny Hetherington, Myspace page.

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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