A nearly two-decade long veteran of the pop-punk scene, MxPx vocalist/bassist Mike Herrera is giving fans a different taste of songwriting with his new band, the Punk-meets-Americana quartet TUMBLEDOWN. Paper + Plastick Records is pleased to announce that Tumbledown’s S/T full-length debut is only available on root beer or standard black 12″ vinyl from the P+P webstore: http://tinyurl.com/2bzte2s.

Released on CD in May by Austin-based label End Sounds, Herrera says “fans really wanted an LP version of the album, so it was an obvious decision to team up with Paper + Plastick for the vinyl outing.” This vinyl edition features hand-screened covers by noted tattoo artist (and Van’s Warped Tour artist) Oliver Peck, and includes the bonus track “Back Of My Mind.”

In celebration of the release, the Evergreen State band is playing a number of local send-off shows (see dates below) before vocalist/guitarist Mike Herrera heads to South America for a run of solo dates. The ten day stretch brings Herrera back to Brazil and Argentina (sans MxPx), but finds him exploring Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru for the first time, playing both MxPx and Tumbledown songs. Eager North American fans won’t have to fly south to catch Herrera, as a Tumbledown US tour will be announced later this year.

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Tumbledown’s debut full-length was produced, engineered and recorded by Herrera in his hometown of Bremerton earlier this year at Monkey Trench Studios. Though Tumbledown’s sound is distinctively different than his previous work, Herrera admits “I’ve always written songs on the acoustic guitar, so writing with a more Americana feel was very natural. I’m not sure if any became MxPx songs… Probably, but we’ll never know since they are MxPx songs and not Tumbledown’s.” As Herrera has grown from “writing Hank Williams-esque songs” over ten years ago, to coming into his own Roots writing style, the songs from Tumbledown’s S/T album were written all over the world while he toured with MxPx. “I’ve been all over the world doing these big rock shows and somewhere in the backstage rooms, the hotels, or in the back of the busses, I’ve been writing these songs for my “other” band,” he says. “This album is the result of that.”

# Tumbledown
* Mike Herrera solo
July 2 – Bremerton, WA @ Manette Saloon #
July 3 – Seattle, WA @ highway 99 Blues Club #
July 24 – Silverdale, WA @ Wilverdale Waterfront #
Aug 6 – Silverdale, WA @ Our Place Pub #
Aug 12 – San Jose, Costa Rica @ Latino Rock Cafe *
Aug 13 – Panama City, Panama @ Isla de Atlapa *
Aug 14 – Guayaquil, Ecuador @ Diva Nicotina *
Aug 15 – Bogota, Colombia @ Teatro ActoLatino *
Aug 16 – Medellin, Colombia @ San Pues *
Aug 18 – Lima, Peru @ Noches de Barranco *
Aug 20 – Rosario, Argentina @ Sotano *
Aug 21 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Roxy Live *
Aug 22 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club *


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