Mike Herrera

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Mike Herrera
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Background information
Birth nameMichael Arthur Herrera
Born Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass guitar
  • guitar
Years active1992–present
Labels
Associated acts

Michael Arthur Herrera 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.

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Early life

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] 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.

Career

MxPx

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

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 a Face." 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.

Tumbledown

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. [3]

Equipment

Herrera endorses Music Man StingRay basses and Ernie Ball strings [4] 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.

In March 2020 Ernie Ball announced a new Mike Herrera signature Music Man StingRay bass featuring an ash body, maple neck, Schaller tuners, and a unique electronics configuration, being the pickups are wired directly to the input jack with three "dummy" knobs for aesthetic purposes.[ citation needed ]

Personal life

Herrera married his wife Holli in 2001 [5] and together they have two children. In 2017 the Herreras moved from Washington to Waco, Texas (Holli's home state) and appeared in Season 5, Episode 13 of the HGTV series Fixer Upper in which their new home was renovated and decorated for the show. [6]

As of 2015, Herrera has said he is no longer Christian and identifies as an agnostic. [7]

Discography

With MxPx

As a producer

Related Research Articles

MxPx

MxPx is an American pop punk band from Bremerton, Washington, founded in 1992 as Magnified Plaid. As of 2016, current members include Mike Herrera on lead vocals and bass guitar, Yuri Ruley on drums and percussion, Tom Wisniewski on lead guitar and backing vocals and Chris Adkins on rhythm guitar and backing vocals. The band's discography includes twelve studio albums, four EPs, four compilation albums, a live album, a VHS tape, a DVD and 20 singles. A number of the group's releases have charted on Billboard, including the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Billboard Christian Albums.

<i>Life in General</i> (album) 1996 studio album by MxPx

Life in General is the third studio album by American punk rock band MxPx, released on November 19, 1996. The album features "Chick Magnet". The album features artwork by the artist Coop. Prior to the release of Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo (1998), the album had sold over 89,000 copies.

<i>Ten Years and Running</i> 2002 compilation album by MxPx

Ten Years and Running is a compilation album by American punk rock band MxPx. Released on Tooth and Nail Records, the album consists of nineteen songs spanning MxPx's career, mostly from Tooth and Nail releases but including a song each from the A&M releases Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, The Ever Passing Moment, The Broken Bones, and Fat Wreck Chords' The Renaissance EP. The band self-produced a re-recording of "Punk Rawk Show" and two new songs, "My Mistake" and "Running Away," for the compilation. A music video was made for "My Mistake." Tim Palmer either mixed or remixed all of the songs except "My Life Story" and "The Broken Bones."

<i>Let It Happen</i> (MxPx album) 1998 compilation album by MxPx

Let It Happen is a B-sides and rarities album by punk rock band MxPx.

<i>The Ever Passing Moment</i> 2000 studio album by MxPx

The Ever Passing Moment is the fifth studio album by punk rock band MxPx, released on May 16, 2000.

<i>Panic</i> (MxPx album) 2005 studio album by MxPx

Panic is the seventh studio album by punk rock band MxPx.

<i>Before Everything & After</i> 2003 studio album by MxPx

Before Everything & After is the sixth studio album by punk rock band MxPx, released on A&M Records. The album achieved the band's highest chart position on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 51.

<i>B-Movie</i> (video album) 2004 video by MxPx

B-Movie is a DVD released by MxPx in 2004. It is a combination of live concert footage and a documentary of the band. The concert footage is culled from a three-night stint in late 2003 at El Corazon in Seattle. It also features a five-track acoustic EP called The AC/EP.

Chick Magnet (song) 1996 single by MxPx

"Chick Magnet" is an MxPx single released in 1996. It was released for the album Life in General, but there is a live, acoustic version on Move to Bremerton, a demo version on Let It Happen, a live version on At the Show, and a remastered version on Ten Years and Running, making it the most-released MxPx song.

<i>Secret Weapon</i> (album) 2007 studio album by MxPx

Secret Weapon is eighth studio album by punk rock band MxPx and is considered a "back to roots" album for the group.

Mike Herrera's Tumbledown is an alternative country band from Bremerton, Washington consisting of MxPx guitarist/vocalist Mike Herrera and Rocky Point All Stars. The name "Tumbledown" comes from a line of a Woody Guthrie song. They are currently signed to End Sounds, which is based in Austin, Texas. In Mexico, they are signed to Cafeina Riot Radio Records.

<i>Small Town Minds</i> 1997 EP by MxPx

Small Town Minds is an EP by the band MxPx, released in 1997. It was released on Tooth & Nail Records with a catalogue number of TNV #10.

<i>On the Cover II</i> 2009 studio album by MxPx

On the Cover II is the ninth studio album by American punk rock band MxPx.

<i>Left Coast Punk EP</i> 2009 EP by MxPx

Left Coast Punk EP is the fifth EP by American punk rock band MxPx. It was released on November 17, 2009, released on Rock City Recording, MxPx's own label, and featured the single "End".

<i>Punk Rawk Christmas</i> 2009 studio album by MxPx

Punk Rawk Christmas is the tenth studio album by American rock band MxPx. It was released on December 1, 2009. Tracks 2-12 were previously released exclusively to members of MxPx's fan club, PxPx.

<i>Plans Within Plans</i> 2012 studio album by MxPx

Plans Within Plans is the eleventh studio album by American punk rock band MxPx, which was released on April 3, 2012. It is their first original album since 2007's Secret Weapon. The album was released on MxPx's own label, Rock City Recording Company, as well as a few others in various countries including Bullion Records in Japan, Flix Records in Europe and the UK, and El Shaddai Records in Australia and New Zealand. Plans Within Plans was written, recorded, and produced by the band.

<i>Pokinatcha</i> 1994 studio album by MxPx

Pokinatcha is the debut studio album by punk rock band MxPx released on October 4, 1994, through Tooth & Nail Records. The album reflects influence from skate/surf punk, and underground punk generally. The album's name came from a Snicker's candy bar commercial, which included an ad jingle saying hunger is, "Poking at you". The songs are characterized by their raw punk sound, catchy rhythm, and classic punk three-chord guitar style. It was the only album to include original guitarist Andy Husted.

<i>Teenage Politics</i> 1995 studio album by MxPx

Teenage Politics is the second studio album by American rock band MxPx. It was the first album to include guitarist Tom Wisniewski.

<i>The Knife</i> (Goldfinger album) 2017 studio album by Goldfinger

The Knife is the seventh studio album by American ska punk band Goldfinger, released on July 21, 2017, through Rise Records. It marks the band's first album following a nine-year non-album gap, their longest ever. It is their first release featuring their new supergroup line-up consisting of guitarist/vocalist and founding member John Feldmann, lead guitarist Philip Sneed, bassist Mike Herrera and drummer Travis Barker (Blink-182). There are also several notable musicians who make guest appearances on the album.

<i>Never Look Back</i> (Goldfinger album) 2020 studio album by Goldfinger

Never Look Back is the eighth studio album by American ska punk band Goldfinger, released on December 4, 2020. It marks the return of original guitarist Charlie Paulson, who joins the previous album's line-up of guitarist/vocalist and founding member John Feldmann, lead guitarist Philip Sneed, bassist Mike Herrera and drummer Travis Barker (Blink-182). It is also their first album via Feldmann's own Big Noise Records.

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