Mike Ferraro

Mike Ferraro

 Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
BandRockFolk

indie pop with a folk rock twist...a little bit early dylan, a little bit jeff mangum (neutral milk hotel) and a little bit lou barlow (sebadoh/folk implosion)...thx for viewing.

Biography

Growing up in suburban north Jersey during the grunge ’90s (circa 1991: The Year Punk Broke!), all young Mike Ferraro wanted to do was rock. But as Mike soon learned, rocking out to his favorite bands on the radio simply wasn’t satisfying enough. For lying dormant throughout these formative listening years were clandestine aspirations to sing and play guitar–maybe even for a project of his own someday. And learn he did: first covers of rock songs by the likes of Nirvana, The Beatles, Guided by Voices and Neutral Milk Hotel, eventually finding his own voice in original compositions, beginning in earnest while attending Rutgers University.

Since those autumnal collegiate nights, Mike has refined his singing and songwriting in a variety of projects ranging from a home-recording collaboration to an acoustic coffeehouse duo to a frenetic rock trio and back again, all the while favoring melody over gimmickry, minimalism over complexity, with the song itself always the focus. Ferraro’s evocative work has been compared favorably to its major influences while simultaneously transcending the pastiche so common among the hordes of retro-imitators and indie rock hipsters. As John Earls noted in his Planet Sound featured review of Mike’s Pigeon Club demo: “Music this sweet is universal.”

Both solo and with a band, Mike has played regularly throughout NJ and NYC, and beyond, with notable appearances at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ, opening for Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion) and at Don Hill’s in NYC for the surprise debut of Norah Jones’ glam rock side-project, El Madmo. Other highlights include: a string of solo dates in the UK (spring 2005), releasing a ten-song cassette compilation, Forgotten How to Lose, for Italy’s Best Kept Secret label, and seeing a song from that release, “Song for Friendship,” featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered: Open Mic and the now defunct, legendary indie rock station WOXY.com.

With a re-tooled power trio in tow, comprised of Jersey indie rock veterans Ralph Capasso on drums and Jonathan Andrew on bass, Mike Ferraro & the Young Republicans are poised to destroy as many stages, parking lots, and VFW halls as necessary in pursuit of indie rock domination.

To that end comes What’s Yours Is Mine, the trio’s debut full-length. Recorded on the cheap in their dilapidated Hoboken warehouse practice space and in various bedrooms and living rooms throughout Hudson County, this striking and meticulously crafted album is sure to thrill rock fans young and old alike.

Discography

What's Yours Is Mine (February 2011)
Performed, recorded & mixed by Mike Ferraro, Jonathan Andrew & Ralph Capasso.

Engineered by Ralph Capasso.
Mastered by Tom Ruff (www.asburymedia.com).
Trombone on “Dangle” by Kevin Orsini.
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Awful Killers EP (2008)
recorded and mixed by Ralph Capasso and Mike Ferraro.
graciously mastered by Tom Ruff at Asbury Media.
Mike Ferraro: guitars/vox

Ralph Capasso: drums/percussion/keyboards
Jonathan Andrew: bass guitar

“Favorite Picture” recorded and mixed by Ed Donohue.

Mike Ferraro: guitars/vox
Ed Donohue: organ/guitar/percussion
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'Someplace Between First & Last' EP (2005)
a home recorded collection.
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three song self-released EP (2004)
recorded by wayne dorell (yo la tengo, stephen malkmus) at the pigeon club in hoboken, nj; mastered by alan douches at west west side music, tenafly, nj.
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Mike Ferraro's music has been played on both internet radio and college radio stations, in particular, No Love for Ned, Top 100 list on MP3Songs.com, www.blowupradio.com on the web and WRSU (Rutgers Radio) in New Jersey and KAOS in Olympia, Wa.

music is available at www.mikeferraro.net

Set List

sets are generally 9-12 song affairs which works out to roughly 30-45 minutes stage time...

original mainstays of MF sets include:

Lovers Only Love
Awful Killers
Overdue
The Way It Feels
Something for Nothing
Baby Brother
Beautiful Hands
Scorched White Earth
To Greet You with a Smile
Sweetheart, You're Feeling Blue
Healthy Choice
Extraordinary Sparks
Taste & Forget
Eyes Shine Thru
You'll Rise
Metal Heart

infrequent covers are usually of the indie rock variety, past favorites have been:

Gardenhead (Neutral Milk Hotel)
Gold Heart Mountaintop Queen Directory(Guided By Voices)
On Fire (Sebadoh)
You've Got to Hide Yr Love Away (the Beatles)
Leslie Anne Levine (The Decemberists)