MXPX is a jovial punk-pop band from Seattle led by bassist and singer
The single 17 (1994) and the album
Pokinatcha (Tooth & Nail, 1994) introduced yet another band
that plays short, loud, fast, melodic tunes.
Punk Rawk Show (1995) and Move To Bremerton (1996), from the
album Teenage Politics (Tooth & Nail, 1996), showed musical
Small Town Minds (1997), Chick Magnet (1997) and the album
Life In General (Tooth & Nail, 1997) completed the evolution towards
a poppier and less punkish sound.
Let It Happen (Tooth & Nail, 1999) is a comprehensive summary of
their early years.
Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo (A&M, 1998)
was their commercial attempt at joining
in the ranks of punk superstars.
Under Lock And Key,
The Downfall Of Western Civilization and
Self-Serving With A Purpose
feature good hooks and melodic progressions
but nothing that hundreds of bands haven't done before.
MxPx lower themselves to sing I'm Ok You're Ok, a lame tune
as catchy ones go.
The Ever Passing Moment (Tooth & Nail, 2000) sounds like leftovers from
a Blink 182 session.
The Renaissance (Fat Wreck, 2001) is the new single.
Before Everything and After (A&M, 2003) keeps the show entertaining
and uplifting while steadfastedly refusing to innovate
(Well Adjusted was the hit).
Ten Years And Running (Tooth & Nail, 2002) is a career retrospective.
Panic (Side One Dummy, 2005) is surprisingly tighter and less melodic
(Get Me Out).
Continuing the progression towards a more cohesive sound,
Secret Weapon (Tooth & Nail, 2007) delivered two of their catchiest
anthems: Secret Weapon and Not Nothing.