Rock n Roll has deep history in the Twin Cities. Many hallowed bands have emerged from the snow covered neighborhoods of Minneapolis and St Paul. Even the clubs have an honored tradition - No band climbs rock’s ramparts without a stop at First Avenue or the Fine Line. Maybe it has to do with the cold outside that keeps generation after generation of kids fostering the instinctual drive of alternative rock … What ever it is, the music continues to stay hot, and now, that heat embodies itself in THE MISSING LETTERS.
Two years after forming, these 4 twenty somethings have come charging through the ranks. To say that they have burst onto the scene with authority is an understatement. THE MISSING LETTERS have not only established themselves as headliners in the local night clubs, but have found themselves in the next class of nationally known emerging artists. In the last year, they have been invited to, and played showcases at Austin’s SXSW Festival, Cleveland’s Burning River Festival, and New York City’s legendary Mercury Lounge. They pulled off an 18 city national summer tour, appeared as the show opener on Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View California and have played support slots for national acts Crash Kings, Girl On Fire, and The Charm City Devils. Additionally they have a 5 star rated iTunes release, LET ME SHINE, and have most recently partnered with TKO Booking Agency.
The band also took upon the daunting task of reimagining fellow Minneapolis rock outfit, Soul Asylum’s 90’s anthem, "RUN AWAY TRAIN", and released a video that honors the original. Bryan Murphy (Guitars, Vocals), Shannon Drymalski (Drums), Matt Whitaker (Bass) and Josh Ripley (Guitar) have redefined alternative rock with an honest Mid-western grittiness that has been capturing ears across the US. Their music is based in honest guitar driven rock n roll. However, they have sonically painted it in their own style to create a truly original, yet familiar sound that they can truly call their own.
Fostered by musical heavy weights such as Seattle’s Nathan Yaccino (Soundgarden, The Dixie Chicks, Ben Shepherd), legendary audio engineer Monty Lee Wilkes (Nirvana, Red Kross, Britney Spears) and producer Steve Drymalski, THE MISSING LETTERS have recorded a full length album at Seattle’s Robert Lang Studio that is scheduled for release in 2015. Along with a second consecutive SXSW showcase, and another round of shows across the country THE MISSING LETTERS will be kicking the summer of 2015 off with an appearance at the internationally renowned FIREFLY Festival in Dover DE as well as another trip into the studio along with many more local and national dates.