The Missingmen

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Mike Watt & The Missingmen
Origin San Pedro, California
Years active 2006–present
Labels Parabolica Records, Clenchedwrench, Merge Records
Associated acts Mike Watt, The Secondmen, The Jom And Terry Show, Lou Barlow
Website Missingmen page on Mike Watt's Hoot Page
Members Mike Watt
Tom Watson
Raul Morales

The Missingmen are a punk rock trio fronted by Minutemen/Firehose/Stooges bassist Mike Watt. The band features Watt, guitarist Tom Watson (Slovenly, The Pair Of Pliers, The Jom And Terry Show, Red Krayola), and drummer Raul Morales (FYP, Killer Dreamer, The Leeches, The Secondmen).

The band's name is a humorous reference to the fact that during a 2005 European tour behind Watt's album The Secondman's Middle Stand, neither of the original Secondmen (Pete Mazich and Jerry Trebotic) were able to participate.

The Missingmen began performing in the autumn of 2006, opening for M. Ward. Watt has stated his intention to record an album with the Missingmen since 2007, but no formal plans were made until 2009, when the group laid down the guitar and drum tracks for Hyphenated-man in New York during a planned break in an American tour by Watt. According to Watt interviews with Guitar World[1] and Bass Guitar Magazine[2], the album would feature short songs inspired by the paintings of Hieronymous Bosch. The album, first released in Japan in October 2010, is the first release on Watt's new independent record label Clenchedwrench.

On a 2009 tour with Dinosaur Jr, Watson and Morales performed without Watt under the moniker lou barlow + the missingmen. This lineup, fronted by Dinosaur bassist and Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow, performed material from Barlow's solo recordings.