Sad news coming out of the Denver punk scene today, as word has spread of punk musician Mike Herrera’s unexpected passing. He died in his sleep on October 6. He was 33. Herrera had struggled with drugs and alcohol for many years though it is unclear what role this played, if any, in his death.
Mike Herrera—not to be confused with MxPx frontman Mike Herrera—played in a number of bands throughout his all-too-short life, most notably being the frontman in punk/post-hardcore unit the Blackout Pact. The Blackout Pact was signed by Thursday’s Geoff Rickly to his Eyeball Records imprint Astro Magnetics; their lone full-length, Hello Sailor, was released in 2005:
Herrera went on to form Tin Horn Prayer alongside other Colorado punk luminaries; their last full-length, Grapple The Rails, came out on Paper + Plastick in 2012:
A GoFundMe page has been started to help cover the costs of Herrera’s funeral. You can also read a heartfelt sendoff from his former Tin Horn Prayer bandmate Andy Thomas here. Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Mike Herrera.