MxPx are streaming their new video for “Aces Up” which can be seen below. The song is from the band’s latest album, Plans Within Plans, in stores and online now. You can also find the song on the new split 7″ MXPX released with their label and tour mates in Cancer from Switzerland. The colored vinyl record is limited to 300 copies and is still available in record store and through the Flix Records Merchstore. [Read more…]
MxPx will be releasing their new album, Plans Within Plans, on April 3, 2012.
It’s been over four years since the release of their last album, Secret Weapon. Since then, the band has released a covers album On The Covers II (Tooth & Nail Records) in 2009 and also re-vamped their record label, Rock City Recording Company, in the same year. The band also had time to release their Left Coast Punk EP and a holiday album Punk Rock Christmas both in 2009 as well. Two years later, the band released a music documentary, Both Ends Burning (December 1, 2011) that features footage from the band’s 2008 world tour all the way to the band’s sold-out Seattle show in March 2011. The DVD is a brutally honest depiction of the band, giving fans insight into their career, trying to find the balance between full time jobs, and the life of a touring musician.
Part of the labor behind the hard work and life of a band is referenced within the album title, Plans Within Plans. “I struggled with this album title for a long time,” explains vocalist and bassist, Mike Herrera. “I had been recording this album in between tours and booking tours, studio sessions, and trying to live somewhat of a normal life. Life got in the way of that. Plans Within Plans was the only way I could describe all the mayhem that was going on behind the scenes of putting this collection of brand new songs together.”
Legendary Bremerton, WA punk trio, MxPx will release a music documentary entitled Both Ends Burning, featuring footage from the band’s 2008 world tour all the way to the band’s sold-out Seattle show in March 2011. In this brutally honest depiction of the band, MxPx finds themselves at a crossroads in their career, struggling to find the balance between full time jobs, and the life of a touring musician. Directed by Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios, the DVD will be available digitally on December 1 through most online retail outlets and the band’s website (www.mxpx.com). [Read more…]
MxPx played a retirement concert for drummer Yuri Ruley in Las Vagas on Sunday, July 18th. After 18 years and nearly 2.5 million records, having helped pave the way for pop-punk music, Ruley will be departing the band in order to focus more on his family life. The night was a celebration of the band at its height, with the original line-up and playing crowd favorites. In an unprecedented performance, the band played the entirety of their breakthrough album Life In General, which included tracks “Chick Magnet” and “Move To Bremerton”.
The sold-out show was met with a mix of joy, passion and energy as the group’s most faithful fans joined to see the band in their element, many having flown or driven from other states to be part of MxPx history. While this may have been a farewell to Ruley, this was a celebration of epic proportions. Check out a live video of “Chick Magnet” below.
Life In General Set List:
My Mom Still Cleans My Room
Do Your Feet Hurt
Sometimes You Have To Ask Yourself
The Wonder Years
Move To Bremerton
New York To Nowhere
Your Problem My Emergency
Today Is In My Way
Sorry So Sorry
Correct Me If I’m Wrong
Destroyed By You
Heard That Sound
I’m OK, You’re OK
(I’m Gonna Be) 500 Miles
Punk Rawk Show
MxPx drummer Yuri Ruley has announced that he will be retiring and a farewell to Ruley show will go down in Las Vegas on July 18th where the band will perform their third LP Life In General in its entirety.
After 18 years and nearly 2.5 million records, having helped pave the way for pop-punk music, Ruley will be departing the band in order to focus more on his family life. “With MxPx being a touring band and constantly on the road 9 months out of the year, I knew at some point it would have to come to an end, but the reality of it is a lot harder than I thought it would be. MxPx has been my second family for nearly two decades, but I need to step away to focus on raising my family.”
With Ruley’s departure, MxPx will be scaling back a bit to focus on the completion of their new live DVD/photo book and new EP. Vocalist and bassist Mike Herrera will lean his focus to Tumbledown’s sophomore release and guitarist Tom Wisniewski will continue with MxPx in conjunction with his new full-time job.
“The current economy crisis has affected everyone in some way. For us as a mid-tier band that relies on consistent touring as a steady source of income, we’ve been affected drastically. Touring costs have sky-rocketed and companies have limited their marketing dollars, resulting in most bands being barely able to cover current road costs,” says Wisniewski. “I had no choice but to limit my availability on the road to get a full time job to support my family, but will continue to perform select MxPx dates and continue making music.”
Not to be confused as the band’s final show, the bittersweet performance and farewell to Ruley will be the band’s first appearance into Sin City since September 2008 and will celebrate the near 14-year anniversary of their most notable album release to date, Life In General, with a live full album performance at the Hard Rock Hotel for their faithful fans.
“This will be a night to celebrate both the band and our fans who have supported us and will continue to support us now and in the future,” says Herrera.
The music of MxPx has been known for its ability to unite formerly distinguished fan bases such as the skate/surf community and the punk underground, MxPx used this wide variety of fans as a catalyst for the release of Life In General in 1996, which is notably the bands first mainstream success to date with tracks “Chick Magnet” and “Move To Bremerton,” having launched them to the top of the alternative charts in 1996.
MxPx will continue to perform in festivals and one-off dates with Chris Wilson (The Summer Obsession) sitting in on drums. MxPx All-Stars will embark on a new International tour to Australia in early 2011, which will feature the same line-up from their first tour to Japan and Malaysia – Mike Herrera, Kris Roe of The Ataris and Chris Wilson. Also, stay tuned as long awaited full-length album of MxPx’s side-project, Arthur, featuring all three members and their former tech assistant Neil Hundt will be released later this year.
MxPx are set to release a new EP titled Left Coast Punk. This will be the bands first EP in five years and they will also be releasing it through their own label, Rock City Recording Company. The first single, “End” will premiere on the band’s MySpace Page on Friday, November 13
The band will be releasing the standard 6-song EP through major online digital retailers. As a bonus the band will be releasing a limited edition physical version of the EP as a 10-track CD, which includes an additional 3 instrumental tracks (a first for the band) and “On a String,” a previously unreleased demo track. With only 500 in the limited edition run, each copy will come with an autographed poster, and will only be available on the band’s website: www.mxpx.com. Check out the track listing for the EP below.
MXPX-LEFT COAST PUNK EP (Digital)
1. One Step Further
2. Desperate to Understand
4. Shanghaied in Shanghai
5. Hopeless Case
MXPX-LEFT COAST PUNK ENHANCED EP (Physical)
**Includes all the tracks listed above, plus the below
7. One Step Further (instrumental version)
8. End (instrumental version)
9. Broken (instrumental version)
10. On a String (previously unreleased demo from LCP sessions)
Los Angeles, CA , July 6, 2009 ““ Today marks the 17 year anniversary to the day that the rock juggernaut that is MxPx performed their very first show in the backyard of Mike Herrera’s childhood home in Bremerton , WA . In that very suburban spot, they created a recording studio out of the free-standing garage, and The Clubhouse was born. It has become a memorable and historic location for the band, which is why they have chosen, on this anniversary, to bring it back home, literally, and perform a “best of” set list live for their fans!
MxPx has teamed up with Stickam.com to bring their fans to one online location on Wednesday, July 8, for a full band performance. The performance will be a true fan experience with the band performing and doing an open Q&A throughout their set for all fans to take part in. Fans can log onto www.stickam.com/mxpx, starting Wednesday, July 8 at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST, with the live set kicking off at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST. Always wanting to have fans involved, in conjunction with the live performance, the band has teamed up with pickRset.com starting Monday, July 6, fans can log onto www.pickrset.com/bands/mxpx as well as MxPx’s official website and social networking sites (listed below) to vote, actually hand-picking the bands “best of” set list for the Wednesday show. Fans will have up until the morning of the performance to choose their favorite MxPx songs for the performance.
With bands sprouting up left and right, longevity is an attribute found in few and far between within today’s society. With that in mind, on thoughts of whether the band believed they would be together this long, front man Mike Herrera says, “I never thought about it too much, although, sometimes it feels like an endurance test… how long will we last?” According to the faithful, MxPx has more than passed the test. And what news fans probably don’t realize, drummer Yuri Ruley responds simply as “I’ve spent over half my life in MxPx. Let that blow your mind a little!”
Over the years many memorable performances and moments come to mind, but Mike recalls the 2000 Warped Tour as one, where the band played right through a huge rainstorm with a hardly a single fan leaving to seek shelter during the set. Guitarist Tom Wisniewski cherishes the opportunity MxPx had to open for Joe Strummer in 1999 at the Fillmore in San Francisco , “We didn’t play any better than normal, but getting to share the stage with a legend was
truly an honor.” Yuri recalls their first show in Brazil as a favorite. “It was insane. I was so taken aback by how good it was that I kinda had what I can only describe as an “out of body” experience. I was sort of floating above myself, playing, yet also observing.”
Cherishing 17 years together, returning to The Clubhouse for this anniversary show is, as the band states, a huge honor in itself, even though it’s Mike’s house to begin with. This was where the band’s early works, specifically Renaissance EP and Panic, were developed and recorded. The band is also paying homage to the fans and the
city they love, Bremerton , WA , where they do in fact have a key to the city, a huge accomplishment and honor
As to the future, the band has some definite thoughts on what, and where, they would like to go. Mike thinks playing a concert in Africa would be wild, and Tom wants, “to play a USO show in Iraq (or wherever they wanna send us) for the troops. It’d be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Besides, who doesn’t wanna ride in a Blackhawk Helicopter?” Always open to new opportunities, the band recently visited China for the first time and Israel for the first time last year. Whatever lies ahead the band is ready ““ a new cover album, On The Cover II, is out now through Tooth & Nail Records, in the studio working on a new EP, readying the release of a Christmas album later this year and more yet to be unveiled. As the momentum continues and as the band continues to create, tour and impact music fans worldwide, why change the formula? MxPx are in it for the long haul!
MxPx will be posting a new cover song every Monday until the release of their new album On The Cover II on March 24th. Today check out their version of the Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl”, which guitarist Tom Wisniewski believes “is one of the best love songs ever written!”