MxPx

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MxPx
MxPx Keys to city.jpg
MxPx receiving keys to Bremerton from Mayor Cary Bozeman, September 2006
Background information
Also known as Magnified Plaid[1]
Origin Bremerton, Washington, United States[1]
Genres Skate punk, punk rock, pop punk
Years active 1992–present[1]
Labels Tooth and Nail, A&M, Fat Wreck Chords, SideOneDummy, Rock City Recording Company
Associated acts The Cootees, Arthur, Tumbledown
Website www.mxpx.com
Members Mike Herrera
Tom Wisniewski
Yuri Ruley
Past members Andy Husted

MxPx is an American punk rock band from Bremerton, Washington with connections to the Christian punk scene.[2] The band has recorded nine studio albums, four EPs, four compilation albums, a live album, a VHS tape, a DVD and released 20 singles. As of July 2013, they have been together for 21 years.

All the members of the band are Christians, and this is reflected in some of the band's songs. However, they prefer not to be called a Christian band.[3] On the topic of their faith, Mike Herrera has been quoted saying "We are Christian. It’s not a cult or something. It’s part of our story and I guess it’s different and controversial. But it’s a personal thing. It’s what we choose to believe. That’s all there is to it. We don’t preach to anyone."[4]

Band history[edit]

Early start (1992)[edit]

MxPx began in July 1992 with the name Magnified Plaid. Initially, they started playing music inspired by Descendents, Black Flag and other Southern California skate punk bands. The trio—Mike Herrera, Yuri Ruley, and Andy Husted—were classmates at Central Kitsap High School in nearby Silverdale, WA and were 15 years old when they formed. The name was a tribute to the original guitarist's fascination with plaid shirts but did not fit on the band's posters. Consequently, the name was abbreviated to M.P. But in Yuri Ruley's handwriting, periods appeared as "X"'s, and since he made up the show posters for the band, the four-letter moniker stuck.[5]

Tooth & Nail years (1993-1997)[edit]

MxPx caught the attention of Tooth & Nail Records when they played a showcase for the label in 1993 in Herrera's parents' back yard. Mike Herrera had practiced so much before the first show that he lost his voice.[citation needed] Their first major album, Pokinatcha (1994), was released while the band members were still in high school. The album, though classified as Christian punk, incorporated the quick styles of hardcore punk.

Guitarist Andy Husted soon left the band to finish college and was replaced by Tom Wisniewski. MxPx released two further albums with Tooth & Nail: Teenage Politics in 1995, and Life in General in 1996.

A&M years (1997-2004)[edit]

MxPx received a major distribution deal with A&M Records. This deal first saw a re-release of Life in General. MxPx then released two more studio albums jointly distributed by Tooth & Nail and A&M: Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo in 1998, and The Ever Passing Moment in 2000. Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo would be last album to incorporate hardcore punk for some years and with the release of The Ever Passing Moment, the band used frequent pop punk styles. MxPx had fulfilled their contract obligations with Tooth & Nail and decided to part ways. The song "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" is in the soundtrack of the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo.

Before Everything & After in 2003 was released exclusively by A&M, and marked a radical departure from their old sound.[citation needed]

SideOneDummy years (2005-2006)[edit]

In 2005 MxPx was dropped by A&M, signed with SideOneDummy Records, and released their seventh full-length album Panic.

In September 2006, MxPx and the City of Bremerton started a marketing effort revolving around the band's song "Move to Bremerton". Bremerton's Community Renewal Agency secured rights for the song to be played in a promotional website for the city, and MxPx played a concert at the downtown Admiral Theatre on September 16, 2006 with local bands The Divorce and Ruxton Towers. The band was also given keys to the city by Mayor Cary Bozeman in recognition of their contributions to Bremerton.[6][7]

MxPx spent the majority of 2005 and 2006 touring in support of their 7th album Panic. On November 21, 2006, Tooth & Nail Records re-released "Let It Happen", an earlier rarities compilation, in a "Deluxe Edition" which included a bonus DVD featuring 12 music videos, new artwork, and two new songs.

Let's Rock, MxPx's second rarities album, was released on Side One Dummy Records on October 24, 2006. The album consists of many previously unreleased songs, re-recorded b-sides and acoustic demos.

Return to Tooth & Nail (2007-present)[edit]

A six-song EP entitled Left Coast Punk EP was released on November 17.[8] A Christmas album, titled Punk Rawk Christmas, was also released on December 1, 2009.[9][10]

In late 2009, Mike Herrera teamed up with frontman of The Ataris, Kris Roe and the drummer of The Summer Obsession, Chris Wilson (formerly of Good Charlotte) for the MxPx All Stars tour in Japan and South East Asia. The ensemble toured cities like Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur and Bandung.[citation needed]

The band released a documentary entitled Both Ends Burning on December 1, 2011.[11] In addition, Mike, Tom, and Yuri were working on their ninth studio album. On December 19, 2011, they announced that the album would be called Plans Within Plans. It was released on April 3, 2012. They headlined the Sunday night in the Arena at the Rebellion Festival in 2012 on the same day as Rancid.[12]

Style and influences[edit]

The band's style is mainly skate punk[13][14][15] and punk rock.[13][16][17][18] Originally a punk rock band, by the rise of popularity of pop punk in the late 1990s and early 2000s they went more pop punk.[19] Albums like The Ever Passing Moment and Before Everything and After were criticized by fans for its pop punk style.[1] Their album Panic returned to their roots.[19]

Band lineup[edit]

Current members
  • Mike Herrera – lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards (1992–present)
  • Tom Wisniewski – lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–present)
  • Yuri Ruley - drums, percussion (1992–present)
Former members
  • Andy Husted – lead guitar (1992–1995)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "MxPx". Ryan Cooper. 
  2. ^ "MxPx | Music Videos, News, Photos, Tour Dates, Ringtones, and Lyrics". MTV. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "MxPx". Montrealmirror.com. November 6, 1997. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ "MxPx - rage guest programmers". Abc.net.au. September 16, 2000. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Magnified Plaid (MxPx) History". Math.ku.edu. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  6. ^ Kitsap Sun, Punknews.org, SeattlePI, The Stranger
  7. ^ Stagg, David (January–February 2007). "Bremerton MVPs MxPx". HM Magazine (123): 40–43. ISSN 1066-6923. 
  8. ^ "MxPx". MxPx. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  9. ^ "MxPx All-Stars (Japan & Malaysia)". Punknews.org. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  10. ^ "MXPX : パンク・ロック・クリスマス / BARKS CDレヴュー". Barks.jp. December 16, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2010. 
  11. ^ "News | The Official Mxpx Site". Mxpx.com. March 28, 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  12. ^ "AND NOW THE BIG REVEAL! THE NAME OF OUR NEXT ALBUM!". mxpx.com. December 19, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  13. ^ a b "MxPx Plans Within Plans". Underground Music Unite. 
  14. ^ "Album Review: MxPx - Plans Within Plans". Bigsmilemagazine.com. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  15. ^ "Plans Within Plans - MxPx". Allmusic. 
  16. ^ "Album Review: MxPx - Plans Within Plans". Bigsmilemagazine.com. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  17. ^ "MxPx - Plans Within Plans". Punknews.org. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  18. ^ "The Ever Passing Moment - MxPx". Allmusic. 
  19. ^ a b Panic - MxPx : Allmusic

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