|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, post hardcore, pop punk, post-punk, ambient, electronica|
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, mixer, engineer, composer|
|Associated acts||Boston Manor, The Front Bottoms, An Horse, McCafferty, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Mayday Parade, Sorority Noise, Oso Oso, O'Brother, MC Lars, Public Enemy, Crime in Stereo, The Xcerts, Envy on the Coast, Mansions, Straylight Run, NK, Sainthood Reps, Bad Books, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Hit the Lights, Motion City Soundtrack|
Mike Sapone is an American record producer, composer, audio engineer, and mixer whose credits include producing records for bands such as Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Boston Manor, The Front Bottoms, Mayday Parade, Sorority Noise, An Horse, Oso Oso, O'Brother, Cymbals Eat Guitars and Public Enemy.
May 2020 Kerrang Magazine calls GLUE "Sleek yet somber, visceral yet vulnerable, confident yet cathartic. Boston Manor explore modern life on an exceptional third album." Rating GLUE 5 of 5 K's.
August 2019 Pitchfork awards Oso Oso's "Basking in the Glow" with its prestigious "Best New Music" honor, Produced and Mixed by Mike Sapone.
2018 Boston Manor's genre defying "Welcome to the Neighbourhood" slots #3 on Rock Sound Magazines Top 50 Albums of 2018. The album's lead single "Halo" climbs into the top ten Countdown on SiriusXM's Octane.
2017 brought Sapone his first No. 1 Album and third top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart with Brand New's "Science Fiction" .
Pitchfork awarded the album with its "Best New Music" merit, the site also awarded the song "Same Logic/Teeth" with the "Best New Track" honor.
In August 2016, Brand New's "I Am A Nightmare" tops the UK Official Vinyl Singles Chart at Number 1 while Brand New's "Mene" sits beneath it at the Number 2 slot.
2015 ushered Sapone his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums chart simultaneously with Mayday Parade's "Black Lines".
Other Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 Include Taking Back Sunday's "Happiness Is" and In 2009 Brand New's "Daisy" debuted at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and was featured on the Best Albums Of 2009 lists from SPIN, Kerrang! and Rock Sound magazines.
Sapone also produced Brand New's critically acclaimed "The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me," which was included in NME's Top 100 Greatest Albums Of The Decade and received a 5 out of 5-star review entitled "America finally gets their own Radiohead" from Alternative Press magazine.
Sapone's combined discography has logged over 400 million streams on Spotify alone.
Other productions include:
TV show soundtracks: Lethal Weapon, The Blacklist, Smallville, Sons Of Anarchy, Stargate Universe, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Friday night lights, Access Hollywood, Wife Swap, Girls Behaving Badly, E! True Hollywood Story, and The ESPN ESPY awards.
Video Games: Guitar Hero 5, Burnout Paradise, Burnout Dominator, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland, 2006 FIFA World Cup and NHL 2004.
Sapone has also worked, produced, engineered and mixed for the following artists, among others:
Straylight Run is an emo band based in Baldwin, New York. The band has released two albums, Straylight Run and The Needles the Space, as well as three EPs, Prepare to Be Wrong, About Time, and Un Mas Dos. In 2010, the band announced that they would be going on indefinite hiatus, but might reunite in the future. Two of the members, John Nolan and Shaun Cooper, are currently in Taking Back Sunday.
This is a timeline of punk rock, from its beginnings in the early 1960s to the present time. Bands or albums listed before 1974 are of diverse genres and are retrospectively called by their genre name that was used during the era of their release.
Michelle DaRosa is an American musician, formerly of the band Straylight Run, for whom she was a vocalist, guitarist, and pianist.
Crime in Stereo is a Long Island-based hardcore punk band. Active from 2002 to 2011, the group released four full-length albums and a compilation, recording for the labels Blackout!, Nitro, and Bridge Nine before disbanding. In 2012, the group reunited, though they have not released new music since then.
John Thomas Nolan is an American musician from Long Island, New York. He is the current guitarist and co-lead vocalist of Taking Back Sunday, and the former lead singer, pianist, and guitarist of Straylight Run.
Frederick Paul Mascherino is an American musician best known for his work as lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist in alternative rock band Taking Back Sunday. He is currently in the band Terrible Things.
Straylight Run is the self-titled debut studio album by American indie rock band Straylight Run. It was released on October 12, 2004, through Victory Records. The band was formed by guitarist John Nolan and bassist Shaun Cooper, after both of them left Taking Back Sunday in early 2003. They recruited Breaking Pangaea drummer Will Noon and John's sister Michelle Nolan, to complete the line-up. The band recorded some demos and toured throughout the remainder of 2003 before beginning work on the album. Straylight Run tracked it at Apple Head Studios in Woodstock, New York, between March and June 2004, with producers Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner.
Envy on the Coast are a post-hardcore band from Long Island, New York. They released their second full length, Lowcountry, in March 2010.
Mayday Parade is an American rock band from Tallahassee, Florida. Their debut EP Tales Told by Dead Friends was released in 2006, and sold over 50,000 copies without any label support. In July 2007, Mayday Parade released their debut album A Lesson in Romantics. After signing to Fearless in 2006, the band also signed onto a major label with Atlantic in 2009. Their second studio album, Anywhere but Here was released in October 2009 and their third album, entitled Mayday Parade, was released in October 2011. Mayday Parade's fourth album, titled Monsters in the Closet, was released in October 2013. Their fifth album, titled Black Lines, was released October 2015. In April 2018, the band signed to Rise Records and released their sixth studio album Sunnyland on June 15, 2018.
The Contract is a four track EP from Long Island punk band, Crime In Stereo. It was released in July, 2005 on Blackout Records and was their final recording for the label before a move to Nitro Records. All of the songs on The Contract were re-released recently on the Love 7" with a bonus track.
The Needles the Space is the second studio album by American indie rock band Straylight Run. With the release of the Prepare to Be Wrong EP in late 2004, the group completed their contract with independent label Victory Records. Recording for their next album took place at Red Wire Audio and Sapone Studios in August and September 2006 with engineers Bryan Russell and Mike Sapone. By the end of the year, they were shopping the record to potential labels, eventually settling with major label Universal Republic by early 2007.
Anarbor is an American rock band from Phoenix, Arizona that was formed in 2003. The band is composed of lead vocalist and bassist Slade Echeverria, guitarist Adam Juwig, and guitarist Danny Stravers. Initially known as "Troop 101", the band later changed their name to "Anarbor". In April 2008, the band was signed to Hopeless Records while still attending high school in Arizona. Since then, the band has released four EPs and three studio albums.
The Republic of Wolves is an indie rock band from Long Island, New York, United States, consisting of Mason Maggio and Christian Van Deurs of the indie folk band Tigers On Trains, as well as Billy Duprey, Chris Wall of the Hip Hop band The Kickdrums and Ryan Sean Cullinane. AbsolutePunk named their first extended play His Old Branches "the best EP to be released in 2009". Punknews.org has noted that there are "some moments of brilliant restraint in their songs". The Republic Of Wolves were placed on a list of the "Top 10 Indie Bands" in Substream Music Press magazine, in which they were described as having "dark sounds, slowly but forcefully delivered vocals, and aggressively smart lyrics." The band has performed with acts such as Good Old War, Vinnie Caruana and Brandon Reilly of The Movielife, Gabriel the Marine, The Felix Culpa, Robbers, HRVRD, Sainthood Reps and Tiger Riot.
Gabriel the Marine was an American rock band from Long Island, New York. The band was composed of guitarist and vocalist Mike Desmond and guitarist Dominick D'Agostino, bassist Tom Costa, and drummer Tom Davis. Following its inception into the independent rock scene in 2008, the band embarked on their first U.S. tour in the summer of 2009 with A Love Like Pi and Asteria, and later opened for artists such as Taking Back Sunday, Mew, Glassjaw, Jack's Mannequin, The Sleeping, As Tall As Lions, Bayside, Mae, Anberlin, I Am the Avalanche, The Dear Hunter, and many others.
Sainthood Reps is an American indie rock band from Long Island, New York, formed in 2009. Their debut album, Monoculture, was released on Tooth & Nail Records in the summer of 2011 and was produced by Mike Sapone. The band released their second album, Headswell, in October 2013 through No Sleep Records.
Mansions is an American indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky, currently residing in Seattle, Washington.
Mansions EP is the second release from the band Mansions, released by Doghouse Records in 2008. The EP was intended as a teaser for the full-length album, New Best Friends, as it contains two tracks from the album, as well as two b-sides.
New Best Friends is the official debut album by Mansions.
Happiness Is is the sixth studio album by American rock band Taking Back Sunday. Before the release of their self-titled album in mid-2011, the group had started working on its follow-up. Throughout the rest of the year, and 2012, band members mentioned in interviews they had various song ideas and tracked demos with producers Marc Jacob Hudson and Mike Sapone. In early 2013, the group spent two weeks in West Virginia, during which they wrote songs for the new album. Satisfied with how the demos turned out, they decided to bring in Hudson and Sapone to record their new album. In June and July, the band recorded at Rancho Recordo in Fenton, Michigan with Hudson.
"I Am a Nightmare" is a single by American rock band Brand New, released on 17 May 2016. The song was released as a digital download, with a 12-inch single made available to preorder online. The single has been described by the band as being from their "upcoming release", with Lacey previously commenting in 2015 that he was unsure what format the new material would be delivered in. Pitchfork Media awarded it Best New Track, praising Lacey for writing his most instantaneous hook in over a decade, whilst proclaiming that when the band announce their fifth album it would "break the internet".