Since MxPx's inception in 1992 in the blue-collar naval town of Bremerton, Washington, the trio—vocalist/bassist Mike Herrera, guitarist Tom Wisniewski and drummer Yuri Ruley—have been mainstays in both the pop-punk and punk-rock scenes thanks to a prolific back catalog and road-warrior mentality.
That youthful exuberance and appetite for success can be found all over Pokinatcha, the band's 1994 Tooth & Nail Records debut release. Bursting with speedy, pit-ready anthems, the disc's 21 tracks showcased a band with some serious punk-rock chops that still had a knack for melody. True to the band's punk-rock roots and hard-charged work ethic, their follow-up album hit stores a mere 10 months later. Teenage Politics was the first to feature Wisniewski, who stepped in on guitar after Husted was asked to leave the band in 1994.
Shortly after the Teenage Politics sessions wrapped, the band returned to Seattle to record the aptly named On The Cover, marking MxPx's first EP. The eight-song disc featured MxPx putting their trademark punk-rock spin on classics.
With the success of singles "Move To Bremerton" and "Chick Magnet," their third T&N release, the seminal Life In General, is still today hailed by many as their definitive work. In 1997, the band signed to A&M Records and released Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo, in 1998, which went gold.
The band took a decidedly different turn for 2000's The Ever Passing Moment, choosing to favor 1970s powerpop a la Elvis Costello instead of the double-time SoCal punk they grew up on, featuring lush harmonies, slower tempos and even a cameo from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl ("The Next Big Thing"). The album's first single, "Responsibility," gave the band another hit, peaking at No. 24 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and The Offspring hand-selected MxPx to open their fall 2000 tour.
The band's emerging pop tendencies were fully realized on 2003's Before Everything & After, their third effort for A&M. Featuring guest appearances from members of New Found Glory, Good Charlotte and The Ataris, Before Everything & After was stacked with potential radio-ready singles. The biggest feather in the band's cap came when Diet Pepsi selected the track "Well Adjusted" for an ad that debuted during Super Bowl XXXVII.
MxPx left A&M in 2005, and soon thereafter reemerged on Southern California indie label SideOneDummy. The label issued Panic, the band's seventh album, in 2005, and MxPx once again spent the summer on Vans Warped Tour with the likes of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Relient K.
The group's time on SideOneDummy was brief, and MxPx returned to Tooth & Nail Records, their original home, for 2007's Secret Weapon, the band's first studio album for Tooth & Nail in a decade.
The band also appeased fans in 2009 with a second installment of the popular On The Cover series—a collection of cover songs from artists like Descendents, U2 and The Go-Gos—as well as a special Christmas-themed collection, Punk Rawk Christmas, the same year.
When it came time to release new original music in 2009, the legendary punk-rock act took matters into their own hands. The band retreated to Herrera's Bremerton studio, Monkey Trench, and the result, the Left Coast Punk EP, was classic MxPx. Marrying Herrera's knack for strong melodies with the punk bite the band are known for, the album—which was released on the band's Rock City Recordings label—was a short, snappy reminder that growing up doesn't necessarily mean mellowing out.
In late 2010, nearing two decades of playing together, drummer Yuri Ruley questioned being in the band and performed what he thought would be his last performance as a full-time member of MxPx at Wasted Space in The Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas. At the same time, guitarist Tom Wisniewski turned in his part-time status as well, taking on a full-time job in Bremerton. Vegas provided more than a chance to reminisce about the past through their first full Life In General live set. The sold-out show helped rekindle the spark of creativity, reaffirming that Ruley and Wisniewski would continue with the band but would drastically scale back on touring.
In December 2011, MxPx released a music documentary, Both Ends Burning, which was directed by longtime fan and friend, Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios. The film features footage from the band's 2008 world tour all the way to the band's sold-out Seattle show in March 2011. Ruley and Wisniewski have since remained members of the band and with Herrera, MxPx released their ninth full-length album, Plans Within Plans on April 3, 2012 within the U.S. and Canada through MRI/Rock City Recording Company.
In an industry with constant turnover flooded by flavors of the week and gimmicky artists looking to make a quick buck, it's the ultimate accomplishment that MxPx have survived nearly two decades and still remain one of the pop-punk world's most well-respected names.
Scott Russo – vocals
Steve Morris – guitars
Pat "PK" Kim – bass
Dylan Howard - drums
Southern California's UNWRITTEN LAW has become synonymous with the sounds of summer by
releasing some of the most celebrated rock records of recent memory, touring the world to play for
sold out crowds, holding the #1 slot on the Billboard Modern Rock charts and becoming a staple of
the summer's biggest festival, Vans Warped Tour. Not only have they become rock idols but also they
have overcome pitfalls that would end the careers of most bands in order to remain relevant as others
from the scene fade away. Now UNWRITTEN LAW are set to return with SWAN, their sixth studio
album due out March 29 on Breaksilence Recordings/Suburban Noize Records.
Marred by drugs, alcohol and personal struggles, UNWRITTEN LAW channeled their problems into
writing and have crafted one of the most personal rock records of their career. "There was a lot of
interpersonal turmoil going on with the band itself and in our personal lives when we were making this
album," recalls Unwritten Law guitarist Steve Morris. One such battle came in the form of front man
Scott Russo losing his house and possessions in a terrible fire last year; however the band battled
back in the face of adversity to make Swan. Anthemic songs such as lead single "Starships and
Apocalypse" and "Dark Dayz" make this record the catchiest UNWRITTEN LAW record yet.
"It took a long time to write this record because we were creating something real in a time when fake,
bullshit, phony music rules the airwaves," commented Russo. "It seems like artists have forgotten the
art of creating an album. Everyone writes one good song and then fills the rest of the album with B-
Sides. We spent six months just writing the music and then I spent another eight months writing
lyrics. For this album we had to make sure that every song was a great song and there was zero
UNWRITTEN LAW also teamed up with a few names of note on Swan. "Chicken Scratch" features
guest vocals by the legendary rapper Del The Funky Homosapien, a collaboration that was hooked
up by Danny Way (legendary skateboarder and co-founder of DC Shoes and Plan B Skateboards).
Cisco Adler also lends a hand with writing and production on "Dark Dayz," "Nevermind," "Last
Chance" and "Swan Song". What results is a blend of amazing musicianship and a new found
inspiration of lyrics.. From the blazing, edgy "Starships and Apocalypse" to the inspired, Beatles-
esque "Let You Go" and the obviously hip-hop tinged "Chicken (Ready to Go)", Swan shows
incredible growth and proves that innovative music still exists in a time of carbon copies and fading
The band has continued to make awe-inspiring music and is now excited to hit the road in support of
the record and show off the incredible new album to audiences around the world. UNWRITTEN LAW
has already begun to plot numerous routes across the globe. Then, this summer the band will return
to the stage where they began to make a name for themselves so long ago: Vans Warped Tour.
Looking back on the past few years, UNWRITTEN LAW can't help but smile. "We had taken
ourselves and the music from something ugly that no one wanted to be a part of and turned it into
something everyone loved and was proud of," adds Morris. They know that they have risen above the
struggles that have stood in their way and are ready to make a splash in 2011 with Swan.
Versus the World
Versus the World is a punk rock band from Santa Barbara, CA on Kung-Fu Records. The band combines post-hardcore with pop punk. They released their debut album, "Versus the World", in September 2005. Mike Davenport was the long time bassist from The Ataris. Versus The World formed in the back of The Ataris old record store ("Down On Haley"). Prior to being called Versus The World, Mike Davenport and Donald Spence did a few acoustic shows under the band name "Pencapchew" to fill time between their current projects. They have also made a music video for one of their song "Is There No End". They have toured the US and Europe with bands such as No Use For A Name, Suicide Machines, Bouncing Souls, The Lawrence Arms, Social Distortion, I Am The Avalanche, and the Vans Warped Tour. They have a song entitled "Blue and Cold" on the Vans Warped Tour Taste of Christmas compilation. In August 2010, VTW announced their return, lending members from Crooks and Liars (Bryan Charlson-Drums) and Lagwagon (Chris Flippin-Guitar). Their song "Forgive Me" is featured on WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007.
Brand new full-length album out Summer 2012!