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MXPX

MXPX began about 7 years ago when three15 year-old kids calling themselves Magnified Plaid started pounding out music inspired by and similar to the Descendants and other Southern California pop-punk bands. They didn't really love their band name, however, which was a tribute to the original guitarist's penchant for wearing one particularly loud plaid shirt. Consequently, the name was abbreviated to M.P., but in Yuri's handwriting, periods become "X"'s and since he made up the show posters for the band, the four-letter moniker stuck.
Tom was added two years ago (replacing the aesthetically offensive former guitarist) to solidify the line-up that would take the band into their post-teen years. Maybe his background as a drummer made up for his relative inexperience playing guitar (he had only played for a year at the time). He and Yuri lock into backbreakingly fast rhythms that rank with vintage Minor Threat for speed and percussive attack. Mike then adds to the mix his signature sing-along melodies that call to mind SoCal punk bands from the early 1980s.

MxPx originally signed with A&M records in 1998 in an arrangement with Tooth and Nail allowing the band "to have additional opportunities not available to the independent labels." However, A & M was merged into Interscope Records who are not Christian punk music fans, and could not embrace MXPX, despite the fact that MXPX continues to have a growing fan base and sold-out touring gigs.

Mike Herrera sees this change as an opportunity for the good. For the first time since being signed in 1993, the band has "No contracts, no obligations, no problem. The future is opened wide."

As MXPX go back to the studio to work on some new songs, they will pray about and explore the many options for their unique Christian music Ministry that now are available to them in their promoting the gospel of Jesus Christ and living a life pleasing to Him.

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