MxPx began with the name Magnified Plaid. Initially, as a Christian-grounded band, they started playing music inspired by Descendents, NOFX 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-year-olds 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.
Tooth & Nail Years
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. Their first major album, Pokinatcha (1994), was released while the band was 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 and was replaced by Tom Wisniewski. MxPx released two further albums with Tooth & Nail, Teenage Politics in 1995, and Life in General in 1996. They then 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.
Before Everything & After in 2003 was released exclusively by A&M, and marked a radical departure from their old sound. 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.
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
In March 2007, MxPx played at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas, and from May through June, they headlined the Tooth and Nail Tour, also featuring Hawk Nelson, The Classic Crime, The Fold, Sullivan, Project 86, and Run Kid Run. In the same year, their eighth studio album, Secret Weapon, was which marked the band's return to Tooth and Nail Records, as well as the first album to use a Hardcore Punk sound since Slowly Going the way of the Buffalo nine years earlier. In an interview with Christianitytoday.com Herrera said the band was now free to get back into more of the Christian Market. In promotion for the album MxPx was featured on the labels of 120 limited edition Jones Soda bottles.
Drummer Yuri Ruley told ThePunkSite.com that MxPx planned to start writing and recording a ninth album in January 2009, but Mike Herrera more recently stated that there were no immediate plans to do so.
In October, 2009, Mike announced the band has completed a six-song EP entitled Left Coast Punk. A release date has not yet been determined.The band is also currently recording a Christmas album.
Yuri Ruley's departure (2010)
In July 2010, drummer Yuri Ruley announced he would be retiring from the band to focus on his family, leaving bassist/vocalist Mike Herrera the only remaining original member in MxPx. He played his last show with the band in Vegas on July 18th, 2010. They will continue to perform in festivals and one-off dates with Chris Wilson of The Summer Obsession
* Mike Herrera Lead vocals, Bass Guitar, Keyboard (1992-present)
* Tom Wisniewski Lead Guitar, background vocals (1995-present)
* Chris Wilson (Former Good Charlotte) - Drums (2010)
* Yuri Ruley drums, percussion, background vocals (1992-2010)
* Andy Husted - Lead Guitar (1992-1995).