Mystery Ship is a rippin’ group of young heavy rock players

Mystery Ship is a rippin’ group of young heavy rock players

Mystery Ship is a rock and roll band. While that may sound simplistic, the band draws primarily on influences from the 1960s and 1970s, when rock and roll was an open book, still figuring out exactly what it was to become. With a firm grounding in their inspirations and influences, and minds open to putting together sometimes seemingly-unrelated elements, they have developed a sound that is fresh yet familiar, and always energetic.  Described by SSG Music as “…what happens when a rock band realizes how awesome 60′s and 70′s rock was and recreates it in modern day… the band doesn’t necessarily sound like any other band out there they do have hints of Mount Carmel, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin.

Mystery Ship’s origins lay in four musicians who ended up in Seattle from completely separate parts of the US. Lead guitarist and vocalist Michael Wohl, from Chicago, found himself in Seattle at the end of a summer of tour vans and road trips and decided simply not to return. Drummer Travis Curry‘s desire was to leave his Hawaii home for the mainland, where bands could hit the road at all, rather than air or sea. Rhythm guitar player Josh Kupferschmid, tired of the desert of Phoenix, caught a one-way ride up to the Northwest and never looked back. Bass player and vocalist Alex Hagenah left Chicago to come to Seattle for college, but in a musically vibrant city, quickly found himself playing. Finding each other, they turned up the guitars and have been rocking since.

The Knick Knack Records recording artists, Mystery Ship, is heading out on tour to promote their new record this fall with a show right here in Seattle on October 21st at El Corazon.  With this fall tour the Mystery Ship is becoming a force to be reckoned with, not just in the Seattle area, but on the national stage.  With every record, performance, song, lick or note, Mystery Ship is dedicated to affirming its reputation as “the biggest, baddest, sweetest rock band to come outta Seattle since that whole flannel ‘n’ long hair thing was big” (Portland Show Guide).  Clear in the band’s output and mindset is a realization of what makes rock music the most popular genre for this, and every generation; from loud guitars and swirling vocals, to thumping bass and pounding drums, from blistering solos, to cryptic lyrics, and all things rock and roll.

Mystery Ship Fall 2013 Tour

October 21: Seattle WA – El Corazon with Earthless and Joy

October 22: Bend OR – Volcanic Theater Pub

October 23: Reno NV – St. James Infirmary

October 24: San Francisco – The Knockout with Wild Eyes, Electric Shepherd

October 25: Santa Monica CA – TRiP

October 26: San Diego CA – The Casbah with Earthless and Joy (Earthless record release)

October 27: Tucson AZ – Surly Wench

October 28: Phoenix AZ – Yucca Taproom

October 29: Albuquerque NM – Blackbird Buvette

October 30: Denver CO – 7th Circle Music Collective

October 31: Provo UT – ABG’s Libation Emporium

November 1: Salt Lake City UT – Burt’s Tiki Lounge


Check them out on tour or buy the record and stream it here

Special Thanks Joe Johnson of Knick Knack Records for submitting their tour info. 




Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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