Written by James Dillon
May 14, 2007 at 08:00 PM
ImageFor those who went through a punk rock phase during their early teenage years, MxPx was probably one of the first bands they started listening. And though my punk phase has passed, hearing MxPx still brings back memories of my friends and I being young and not really having to worry about anything.

On May 14th I made my way out to the Meridian to catch MxPx on the Tooth and Nail tour. This would be the third time in less than a year for me to see the group. In fact, last time I saw MxPx I was sitting in a room in Austin with only them and a friend of mine. So having seen this group before thought I knew what I was in for.

My girlfriend and I arrived at the venue having completely missed the first band. A second group was already about to take the stage. After sitting through the first couple songs we decided we would be better off sitting outside. We ended up sitting outside through all of the openers. Even sitting outside of the venue we could hear the terrible pop punk and screamo coming from inside. We even heard an awful cover of the Car’s “Just What I Needed”. Having been a fan of the Cars for many years, I couldn’t bring myself to go inside and see them butchering the song.

Finally, MxPx was set to take the stage. Like always, the trio ran onto the stage with guitar and bass blaring and the drums pounding. The biggest surprise for this show was that the group’s normal drummer wasn’t behind the kit. But in true punk rock fashion they had borrowed a drummer from another band.

I am not sure if it is a bad thing or not, but the group suffered several technical difficulties, including having to swap out bass amps only two songs into the set. The group did triumph over the faulty equipment to put on a seriously entertaining and crowd pleasing show.

Even after replacing the bass amp, the group had more problems with their gear. To make it up to the audience the group took several requests. Some of the songs requested the stand-in drummer didn’t know how to play, but was given a quick lesson on how to play the beat, and somehow managed to pull it off.

Mixed in with the audience requests the group slipped in some MxPx classics like “Responsibility” and “Chick Magnet” before ending the night with “Punk Rock Show”.

After sitting through a few boring, cliché bands, MxPx was still able to deliver the goods at what the group themselves described as a “house party” style show. Not bad for a band who has been writing and playing pop punk for 15 years now.