As some of you may know, I started AbsolutePunk.net over 15 years ago as an MxPx and Blink-182 fan-page. Those were the first two bands I truly loved. They shaped my entire music taste and starting that website changed my life. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those bands and those albums. Listening to “Doing Time” as a teenager gave me hope. Discovering pop-punk music and the community around it made me feel like I belonged to something special. Small, right outside of the mainstream, but undeniably special. The music was unlike anything I was listening to at the time and hit me right when I needed it most.
Last week MxPx released their new, self-titled, album. It’s their first album since 2012. Today, I’m excited to debut a new episode of Encore featuring lead singer Mike Herrera. This episode is a joint episode with Mike’s podcast, “The Mike Herrera Podcast,” which I also recommend subscribing to and checking out. In this episode we go deep on the new album. We talk about the recording process, the inspiration behind the songs, and then I walk through each song with Mike and get his thoughts on different aspects. I share some thoughts too, but mostly I was trying to get at what made this album feel so fresh, and yet so wholly MxPx, here in 2018.
We also recorded the FaceTime conversation we had doing this podcast and the video is available on the MxPx YouTube channel. I look ridiculous and my cat walks into the office to have lunch a few minutes in, but we thought being able to see each other and read and react to facial expressions would bring a fun vibe to this episode. I think it worked. This is one of my favorite episodes of the podcast I’ve ever done.
Show notes are below, the band’s new album is available on all streaming platforms, and physical copies are available at MxPx.com right now.
MxPx’s new self-titled album will be available on streaming services tonight at midnight. The band just performed the album on Facebook and announced it’s in all Kickstarter backers’ email right now.
MxPx have released a video for their new song “Rolling Strong.”
MxPx have debuted their new video for “Let’s Ride.”
MxPx have announced some new tour dates.
MxPx have shared a video of them reading some of the (mean) Kickstarter comments they saw while crowdfunding their new album.
Casey Bates is producing the new MxPx album.
MxPx have launched a Kickstarter to help record their new album:
With this money, the bulk of it is going to be spent on prep and marketing. We intend to self release this record all around the world, not just North America, and to do that, we’re gonna need to advertise. We also have costs of hiring an engineer to record and mix our record, as well as the costs in fulfilling the perks in this here campaign.
This is the first time the band is working in the same place on an album since the Panic sessions. I’ve heard very good things about the batch of songs they’re working on.
Mike Herrera of MxPx and his family are on the latest episode of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”
Musician Mike Herrera and his wife, Holli, are moving from Washington state to Waco so they can be closer to Holli’s family. They need a house with plenty of space for their two children and a large music studio for Mike. Chip and Jo find the perfect fixer upper, but when Chip comes across some serious structural problems, they realize they might not be able to finish in time for the family’s big move.
Mike Herrera performed an acoustic version of “Dead Man Walking.”
Mike Herrera’s mom, Michele, is the latest guest on his podcast. They talk about the early days of MxPx and running the band’s store.
Tony Lovato of Mest is on the latest episode of Mike Herrera’s podcast.
MxPx sent out a newsletter to fans recently saying they’ll be taking some time off from touring to work on a new album.
Tom Wisniewski of MxPx is the latest guest on Mike Herrera’s podcast.
Mike Herrera of MxPx performed an acoustic version of “Aces Up” for Live! at the Rock Room.
MxPx’s Left Coast Live and Life in General 2.0 are now on Spotify and Apple Music.
MxPx are releasing a 2xLP live picture disc called Left Coast Live. Pre-orders go up on July 6th at noon.
Cyrus Bolooki of New Found Glory is the latest guest on Mike Herrera’s podcast.
Kurt Larson and Daniel Franz of Silver City Brewery are on the latest episode of Mike Herrera’s podcast talking about the upcoming “Secret Weapon” MxPx beer.
Producer Steve Kravac is the latest guest on Mike Herrera’s podcast.