The Aura & Ovation

Chris Thiel: Drums, Vocals | Mike Strong: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Paul Phillips: Bass guitar | Jesse Richardson: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric)

Genre: Rock

RIYL: Manchester Orchestra, Thrice, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Relient K

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Influences: Thrice, Manchester Orchestra, Relient K, Jackson Browne, Amos Lee, Coldplay


The Aura & Ovation combines singer/songwriter, punk, metal, and rock backgrounds. Lead singer and guitarist Mike Strong integrates his poetry and punk rock background into the writing of songs, bassist Paul Philips brings the experience of a touring musician, drummer Chris Thiel is a two-time San Diego Guitar Center Drum-Off champion, and guitarist Jesse Richardson also contributes to many live and recorded arrangements.

Based in Pacific Beach, their Acoustic EP was released in 2014.



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