|Birth name||Michael Arthur Herrera|
November 6, 1976 |
Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
Michael Arthur Herrera (born November 6, 1976) is an American singer, songwriter and musician best known as the lead vocalist, bassist and songwriter for the punk rock band MxPx. He is also the frontman of Tumbledown and the bassist of Goldfinger.
Herrera was born in Bremerton, Washington to Art and Michele Herrera and is of Mexican and English / Welsh descent. 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. He grew up playing guitar, inspired by listening to country and punk rock music. 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.
Mike Herrera solo
As MxPx became less active in the late 2000s, Herrera increasingly appeared as a solo act. These performances include both MxPx and Tumbledown songs, and are generally performed with only vocals and acoustic guitar, though Herrera is occasionally joined by one or two others, including at times Kris Roe of the Ataris.
In Herrera's own Monkey Trench Studio, he recorded "Live In The Basement", consisting of six Tumbledown songs, five MxPx songs, and a cover of the Beatles' "I've just Seen Something." The album was released digitally with a limited CD pressing. Live online performances are also available as digital albums, "Live&Raw on StageIT.com" and "Live.Web.Feb.4.2013". "Live in Southampton" was released to MxPx fanclub members only.
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
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 the group's album Truth in Sincerity and shared lead vocals Stephen Egerton's album "The Seven Degrees of Stephen Egerton."
In addition to Tumbledown, Herrera was the frontman of Arthur (MxPx with the band's former bass tech Neil Hundt), having released a six-song EP and a full length album before disbanding, as well as The Cootees (Mike Herrera, Jiles Brandon, Tom Wisniewski, and Dale Yob), a Tooth & Nail side project in the mid-1990s.
Herrera opened Monkey Trench studio in Bremerton in 2008.
In 2016, Herrera was recruited by John Feldmann to join ska punk band Goldfinger as the group's new bassist. His first single with the band is "Put The Knife Away", which was released on May 24, 2017.
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Herrera endorses Music Man StingRay basses and Ernie Ball strings and has used them on almost every MxPx recording. For amplification he uses a 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.
- 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 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.
- Goldfinger - The Knife (2017), bass guitar on the entire album
- 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. Piano on select songs.
- Tumbledown – Atlantic City EP (2007), vocals and electric guitar.
- 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.
- 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.
- MxPx - "Left Coast Live" (2017) vocals and bass guitar on the entire album. Acoustic guitar/vocals for the song "Quit Your Life".
- Marine View Drive – Five Days Down EP (2010), Producer and engineer, vocals on Let's Go Out.
- The Water Tower Bucket Boys – Sole Kitchen (2010), Producer and engineer, vocals on Blackbird Pickin' At A Squirrel.
- "Zoom Handy Recorders: Mike Herrera". Zoomh2.net. July 6, 1992. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
- "MxPx's business manager plays dual role – Central Kitsap Reporter". Pnwlocalnews.com. June 23, 2004. Retrieved 2011-07-10.
- "Five Days Down EP - Marine View Drive". Marine View Drive. January 20, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2016.