Briefly Speaking...


EP, 'No Nostalgia,' will be released later this year.

Mike Cross, the original founding guitarist for American rock act SPONGE, will release his second single, “Smile Like A Knife,” on July 12, 2021 with his new band, MC ROADS, via Golden Robot Records.

“Smile Like A Knife” is from the band’s upcoming EP, No Nostalgia. Intense musical hooks run throughout this song describing betrayal and greed. Bleed the kindness and the trust of a good friend. Could it be the ‘You’re So Vain’ of rock?

The single can be pre-ordered HERE.

The first single, “Call It What You Want,” was released in May.


As a co-writer for Sponge’s platinum selling album, Rotting Piñata, sophomore album Wax Ecstatic and third release New Pop Sunday, Cross helped catapult the band into rock star status with his catchy hooks, iconic crunchy guitar and an undeniable original sound. The band toured extensively, headlining shows in the US and in Europe supporting “A” list artists such as Alice In Chains, KISS and Soundgarden. Mike also appeared on the late night talk show circuit including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Conan O’Brien Show” and the “Jon Stewart Show.”

After his departure from the band due to creative and business differences, Cross turned away from music business to focus on his personal life. However he continued to write, record and produce various music projects and develop his own vocal abilities. Through MC Roads, Cross has created a unique, guitar driven and melodic sound that encapsulates an incredible mix of new and classic style songs.


Michelle is an award-winning professional journalist/managing editor/editor whose career has spanned more than 30 years with many notable national and international publications. She is married to an Episcopal priest who thinks it is awesome what his significant other does for a living.

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