Rock Blog: MxPx Turns 25

April 18, 2017

When I first came to Seattle, I was stoked because of the local scene. There are so many amazing bands that started up here in the PNW, and it being able to work for such a legendary station like KISW who loves local music was like a dream come true. 

One band in particular that has influenced me from the beginnings of my punk and pop/punk hails from right across the sound in Bremerton. You know who I am talking about. MxPx! And guess what, they are turning 25. Can you believe it, 25 years of punk rock from a band that loves the PNW and even has a song called "Move to Bremerton":

Originally called Magnified Plaid, Mike Herrera, Yuri Ruley, and Andy Husted formed the band in 1992 when they were still in high school, and actually released their album "Pokinatcha" during that time. Soon after Andy Husted left the band and Tom Wisniewski joined, completing the trio that we still know today. Talking to Steve Migs and others at the station, I love hearing stories about seeing MxPx play all over the Puget Sound. I wish I could have grown up here, and spent my teenage years at some of these shows. Steve actually found this VHS signed by the guys and let me have it just a few weeks ago!

Here's a picture of Mike and I from their last Seattle show last June.

In their 25 years, MxPx have released 11 albums, 6 EPs, a live album, a Christmas album (comprised of original Christmas songs released to their fan club over the years), 2 full length cover albums, an acoustic collection, and multiple DVD's. Yes, that many. Plus Mike Herrera owns Monkey Trench Studios and is co-owner of Legionnaire Clothing, all run right here in Bremerton. Now, if you can't call that one of the hardest working bands in the city, I don't know what you can. 

For me personally this band is one of the sole reasons I got into punk rock when I was able to buy my own albums. I remember, having a TV channel called "The Box" where you could call in and request your own songs for 99 cents. I watched it all the time, and the first time I heard MxPx was with this song right here:

I went out and bought "The Ever Passing Moment" the next day. And since then I have a Pokinatcha tattoo, and a Left Coast Punk tattoo, in honor of the band from Bremerton. 

So what are they doing to celebrate? They are bringing 2 nights of punk rock to Showbox Market on July 7th and 8th! Check out the show announcement here: 

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10AM at MxPx.com! You bet I will be getting mine ASAP!

Come help me pay homage to, in my opinion, one of the PNW's all time greatest bands. See you in the pit!

- Danny V.