Mission Complete!

Mission Complete!

 San Antonio, Texas, USA

Mission Complete! is the brainchild of Ryan M. Teter, known primarily in the San Antonio music community for playing trombone with some of the best local indie rock bands around. In Mission Complete!, Ryan takes his turn up front playing guitar and rocking out some seriously danceable rock tunes.


The story of Mission Complete! begins in a small, musty dorm room in Denton, Texas in January 2009. Displaced San Antonio native Ryan M. Teter was a third-year jazz trombone major, living on campus at the University of North Texas and looking for some sort of personal creative outlet. Teter and long-time friend James Alvarez spent countless hours over that semester jamming and hashing out songs together, with Teter on guitar and vocal duty and Alvarez on the drums.
Teter and Alvarez never officially made it to the stage together while living in Denton, and in May of 2009, Teter moved back home to San Antonio, Texas. He decided to take some time off from the trombone and spent much of that summer continuing to work on songs by himself, as he struggled with finding other musicians to form a full band. In December 2009, Teter became exceedingly impatient, and thus went ahead and performed the first official Mission Complete! show as a solo musician, playing electric guitar and singing by himself much in the style of Ted Leo, Teter’s long-time musical idol and main inspiration.
Teter spent the end of 2009 and much of 2010 playing shows in San Antonio and Austin, being billed under the name Mission Complete! but performing as a solo act. In July 2010, Teter’s focus was drawn away from Mission Complete! for a while, as he opted to end his sabbatical from the trombone and begin both playing live and recording with various local acts such as Deer Vibes, Marcus Rubio & the Gospel Choir of Pillows, Bad Breaks, and Blowing Trees.
After almost a year of success playing trombone in the local music community, Teter got the bug to start playing guitar again, and in June 2011 Mission Complete! experienced a “rebirth” of sorts. These days, Teter is joined on stage by close friends and local musicians Michael Squilla (Ellen & the Degenerates) and Rudy Villarreal (Pillow Talk, Kevin Goes 2 College). The band now tends to draw more influence from indie-rock and dance-punk style acts like Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys, yet still manages to hold onto Teter’s formative punk-rock and ska inspirations such as Bad Religion and Streetlight Manifesto.
The band has just recently wrapped recording on its first full-length album, with plans to release it in May 2012. Mission Complete! in its new incarnation is optimistic, ready for the road ahead, and a force to be reckoned with.


upcoming full-length:
- "emotionally strong enough to be your man." - to be released May 25, 2011

Self-release EP's:
- "Mission Complete! - The EP!" - February 2010
- "Live on KRTU Plugged In EP" - August 2011
- "the metroplex EP" - November 2011

- Our songs "the metroplex" and "flu shot," as well as the live session we recorded at KRTU 91.7 FM in July 2011, have been featured numerous times on several local radio shows such as Indie Overnight, Plugged In, The Graveyard Shift, and Good Job Texas.

- Our self-produced cover of The Bangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian" was featured on the San Antonio Current 25th Anniversary compilation, which features popular songs from 1986 as performed by local artists.

Set List

Our set is typically about 40-45 minutes, usually 9 to 11 songs. Our original songs include:
- soapbox
- keep it to yourself
- quarantine
- flashpoint
- harsh light of day
- flu shot
- the chill
- insomniac
- traffic
- the metroplex
- our two biggest fans are both named larry

We usually include at least one cover, sometimes two, in our set as well. Covers we're known to play include:
- "Walk Like an Egyptian" - The Bangles
- "Suffragette City" - David Bowie
- "The High Party" - Ted Leo & the Pharmacists
- "The Way" - Fastball
- "Little Bitch" - The Specials