Joe Carson- lead vocals, guitar
Joe Carson has performed as a singer and guitarist in Boston for the past 9 years. He has played to packed rooms all over the city, whether with his own original music or cover shows. Joe has worked with many local bands and musicians in several different scenes including Entrain, Tom Groleau (Sweep the Leg/Mudhens/The Flutie Band), Stu Lee (Missing Persons, Sweep The Leg), Never in Vegas, Jimmy's Down; he has also fronted headlining tribute bands to replicate the music of Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley. Additionally, Joe has built a huge following as a solo acoustic performer by delivering high-energy one-man shows, as well as soulful showcases for listening crowds. His draw sometimes seems to be his 4 octave vocal range and his ability to imitate almost all the singers he covers with an eerie accuracy.
Ananda Mitchell- lead vocals
Ananda Mitchell’s voice is a sublime force of nature. Interpreting jazz or soul, rock or blues, Motown, pop and even country, she transfuses her audiences with a powerful joie de vivre. Originally from Trinidad, Ananda has since captured New England on several different levels by winning Bostonian Idol three times, singing the National Anthem for the Red Sox, Celtics, and Revolution, and joining Ben Taylor and Carly Simon in concert at The Paradise. Ananda performs lead vocals for Ripcord and holds a special place in her heart for the music of Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and Michael Jackson.
Kevin O’Brien- bass, vocals, booking
Kevin graduated from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA, where he studied Music Performance. After returning home to Boston, Kevin toured all over the Northeast with Sugarcoat, an 8-piece dance/pop/funk ensemble that was nominated for a Boston Music Award (best R&B/Funk Band Category). He then moved to NY to work with Cerulean City, an instrumental jazz/funk/fusion trio. With CC, Kevin had the pleasure of touring nationally, as well as recording an album with one of the best recording engineers in the business: Joe Ferla (John Mayer, Roberta Flack, John Scofield). Since returning to the Boston area several years ago, O’Brien has also recorded/performed with Al Kooper, Jesse Dee, The Dave Coffin Group, and Mindseye. Over the past 10 years, Kevin has played venues such as The Tweeter Center, C.B.G.B’s, The Blue Note, B.B. King’s Blues Club, Tribecca Rock Club, The Bitter End, The Paradise, The House Of Blues, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, as well as festivals and award shows like NEMO/Boston Music Awards, Ski Jam, and NuGroove. Beyond performance, Kevin also teaches private bass lessons throughout the greater Boston area.
Andrew Dole- drums, vocals
Andrew Dole studied drums and Music Business at Berklee College of Music before diving into the original rock music scene in Boston. Along this path, he has toured/recorded with several amazing bands, such as The Aaron Katz Band (Percy Hill), Bon Savants, Bang Camaro, and most recently, Mystery Roar.
Bon Savants were nominated for Best Pop Act at The 2007 Boston Music Awards, and featured in The LA Times, Chicago Sun-Times, as well as on NPR. In the words of Spin magazine, “Boston’s finest indie band may also be one of Brit-pop’s best releases in years.”
Bang Camaro won Song Of The Year and Best Rock Act at The 2007 Boston Music Awards; they were also nominated for Best Live Act that same year. The inclusion of their song “Push Push (Lady Lightning)” in the best selling game Guitar Hero II ™ first put them on the map; but this track was also featured in the MTV Movie Awards… who had this to say, “Kiss may have had their army, but Bang Camaro *is* the Army” - MTV News. Bang Camaro was also featured in a segment of the hit TV show American Chopper. Andy’s final gig with BC was in August 2007 at The Tweeter Center; the performance was part of The Download Festival, alongside Modest Mouse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Band of Horses and Guster.
Mystery Roar was nominated for Best New Act at the 2009 Boston Music Awards, as well as Best New Act, Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll-2010. They have also been dubbed Boston Herald's #1 band to watch in 2010!!
Justin Piper- lead guitar, vocals
Justin showed an interest in music starting with piano and trumpet in his early years. He soon shifted over to guitar and found his true instrument. Throughout high school he played in numerous rock and jazz groups, winning awards at regional jazz festivals and competitions. Upon graduation he attended the Berklee College of Music and graduated with a B.M. in Guitar Studies. At this time he joined the Freelance Bishops, who went on to tour the country and release two studio recordings.
After a few years of teaching students and playing concerts Justin decided he would go to the New England Conservatory for a new challenge. He graduated with an M.M. in Jazz Studies and was able to study with such accomplished musicians as Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, George Ruckert, Gene Bertoncini, Ben Monder, and Joe Morris along with others. He has also studied classical guitar from Adam Levin.
After graduation from NEC, Justin co-founded the Allegro School of Music and kept up a busy schedule performing with such groups as Organ in Orbit, Angry Hill, Headshaft, Mindseye as well as various freelance concerts. He currently resides north of Boston where he teaches, composes, and performs. Straddling the lines between jazz, funk, rock, and blues, he draws from the harmonic complexity of John Coltrane as much as the raw energy of Jimi Hendrix, while also being an accomplished acoustic and classical guitarist. Justin has written a book on sight reading for the guitar and is currently writing books on the western application of Indian polyrhythmic concepts and guitar technique.
Nate Wilson- keyboards/synthesizers, vocals
Nate Wilson studied music performance at the University of New Hampshire and New England Conservatory. As a founding member of both Percy Hill and Assembly of Dust, Wilson has toured the country extensively and has appeared at Caregie Hall, Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival, the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, and the Blue Note in NYC to name a few. Wilson has had the opportunity to share the stage with a wide variety of notable musicians including Chuck Berry, John Scofield, members of the Allman Brothers Band, Martin Sexton, Erika Van Pelt (American Idol), Edie Brickell, Grace Potter, and many more.
Nate currently resides in Worcester, Mass where he teaches piano privately.