MxPx formed in Silverdale, WA. The city is north Bremerton, a navy town that sits west of Seattle, across Puget Sound. And that's today's geography lesson.
Some fourteen years later, in late '06, MxPx and the City of Bremerton launched a marketing effort revolving around the band's song "Move To Bremerton." As a result, the band was given keys to the city by Mayor Cary Bozeman in recognition of their contributions.
MxPx, high school classmates originally known as Magnified Plaid, covered Skate Punk bands. The name came from guitarist Andy Husted plaid fixation. IT was eventually shortened to M.P. but drummer Yuri Ruley's periods appeared as "X"'s, on the handwritten posters he made for the band, so MxPx they became.
MxPx's debut "Pokinatcha" dropped in '94. Released on Tooth & Nail Records, the set was filed under Christian Punk.
Husted soon left and was replaced by Tom Wisniewski. MxPx issued "Teenage Politics" and "Life In General" in '95 and '96, respectively. The latter set contained the single "Chick Magnet."
With an A&M distribution deal, "Life In General" was released followed by '98's "Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo," which cracked the Billboard 100 at #99 and eventually went gold.
A live set, "At The Show" and a B-sides compilation "Let It Happen," came next.
"The Ever Passing Moment" won critical recognition and led to an opening slot for The Offspring and Cypress Hill on the Conspiracy of One tour. The set also was known for the track "Responsibility" with the song's video containing an appearance by Cheers star George Wendt. It was after this '00 album that MxPx parted with Tooth & Nail and moved completely to A&M.
Things looked promising when '03's "Before Everything & After" landed at #51 on the Billboard chart - MxPx's best showing to date.
"The Passion Of The Christ: Songs" which included MxPx's "The Empire" won the Gospel Music Association 2005 Dove Award for Special Event Album of the Year.
Despite recent successes, the band was dropped by A&M in '05 but landed on SideOneDummy Records, which put out the group's seventh set "Panic," containing the track "Move To Bremerton."
The following year, Tooth & Nail re-released "Let It Happen" and SideOne Dummy issued the rarities album "Let's Rock."
Having come full-circle, MxPx released '07's "Secret Weapon" on Tooth & Nail. Their first album on that label since '96's "Life In General." While the album peaked in the lower reaches of Billboard's Top 100 (#76) it did top Billboard's Christian Album chart.
"Left Coast Punk," a six song '09 EP came out on MxPx's own label, Rock City Recording Company. Later in the year, they unfurled "Punk Rawk Christmas."
Following the documentary Both Ends Burning in '11, MxPx began work on "Plans Within Plans." The album dropped in '12 and a bit later came the announcement that Wisniewski and Ruley were retiring from touring. But the band was not breaking up and would continue to write and record together.
1995 Teenage Politics
1996 Life In General
1998 Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo
2000 The Ever Passing Moment
2003 Before Everything & After
2007 Secret Weapon
2012 Plans Within Plans