Matt Hopper is a singer/songwriter and guitarist for The Roman Candles. He began playing guitar in high school near Hatcher Pass, AK. Hopper maintains a current band in Boise, ID and Anchorage, AK while often using musicians from a diverse variety of music scenes. It would be safe to label Hopper a "north-westerner". Hopper has been performing original songs for over a decade, and has released over 8 albums of original full length and extended play collections of songs on compact disc. He has warmed up stages for artists as diverse as Dr. John, Everclear, Todd Snider, Gin Blossoms, Young Dubliners, Portugal. The Man, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Barenaked Ladies, Heartless Bastards, Soledad Brothers and toured with He has toured with Cold War Kids, Kate Earl, Old Believers, The Devil Whale, Drew Grow, Peter Piek, Lucky Fonz III, Dentia Odigie, Kat Jones, Anatomy of a Ghost and many more.
Michael David "Mike" Watt (born December 20, 1957) is an American bassist, singer and songwriter.
He is best known for co-founding the rock bands Minutemen, Dos, and Firehose; as of 2003, he is also the bassist for the reunited Stooges and a member of the art rock/jazz/punk/improv group Banyan as well as many other post-Minutemen projects.
CMJ New Music called Watt a "seminal post-punk bass player." In November 2008, Watt received the Bass Player Magazine lifetime achievement award, presented by Flea.
The band, comprised of Jordan O’Jordan (Jordan Smith),Twig Palace (Colleen Johnson), and Onyx of Olympia (Onyx Dixon), came together in New Zealand through an un-ironic series of events, culminating in a kind of love-in for playground archeologists seeking the truth at the bottom of music itself. Like the best rounds of jump-rope, like poetry syrup, their voices clicked fast, with sugar in the stirrups. Spindleheart with her sprightly soprano, Onyx and her jaunty sass, and Jordan with his tin-pan croon made kindred spirits in the forest of NZ, and were even known to lead processionals of show-goers down to the banks of local rivers for baptisms by harmony.