Common Rider was a ska punk band, formed in 1999 by Jesse Michaels (guitar, vocals), Mass Giorgini (bass) and Dan Lumley (drums). The band had a much softer note than that of Michaels's first group, Operation Ivy, but still contained the same amount of energy and passion.
The band's name is taken from a 1970's Japanese TV show, Kamen RaidÃ¢ (Kamen RaidÃ¢ means "Mask Rider" or "Masked Rider" in Japanese.)
The band released two full-length albums and one EP. Last Wave Rockers was released in 1999 on Lookout! Records. Thief In a Sleeping Town EP was also released on Lookout! Records in 2001 and featured Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day (guitar/backing vocals). The band released This Is Unity Music on Hopeless Records in 2002. The band toured the US extensively the same year, including the 2002 Plea For Peace tour, sponsored by Asian Man Records. On the tour, Phillip Hill (from Teen Idols and also a major contributor on the album This is Unity Music) and Joe Mizzi (An unknown from Metro, Detroit and also a guest vocalist on the album This Is Unity Music) played guitar for th...