MxPx is finally old enough to drink. Technically, the pop-punk trio is three guys in their 30s – singer-bassist Mike Herrera, guitarist Tom Wisniewski and drummer Yuri Ruley – meaning they've been able to partake of intoxicating spirits for years.
But MxPx will celebrate 21 years together and a legacy as Bremerton's most popular punk export on Dec. 7 at Jazzbones. The show is sold out though some V.I.P. meet-and-greet ticket upgrades remain, with details available at MxPx.com.
Herrera, the band's primary songwriter, checked in to give us an idea of what fans can expect this weekend and when they might hear the follow up to last year's “Plans Within Plans” disc.
Tacoma Weekly: So you've chosen Tacoma to celebrate your 21st anniversary with the band.
Mike Herrera: Yeah, yeah. I was talking to the guys about doing this 21 year show, something that's based a little more around being drinking age, since we are 21 now as a band. I just thought of my buddy Danno (general manager Dan Rankin) at Jazzbones. It's a nice, tight club, something small, something different. I didn't want to do the same venues that we've done a bunch of times.
TW: And you don't have a tour. It looks like this is a one-off deal.
Herrera: Right, we won't be touring again until January of 2014. … It's cool because a lot of our fan club members are definitely gonna be flying up from California, over from the East Coast, driving up. We've got Broadway Calls on the bill. They're also a band that doesn't tour much anymore. So it'll be something you won't get any other time of the year.
TW: What kind of a set list do you have in store?
Herrera: We're definitely gonna play the favorites, the ones that people all know, like “Responsibility,” “Chick Magnet,” “Punk Rawk Show,” that kind of stuff. From there we fill in a lot of the random songs that will, hopefully, hype up the crowd.
Having a sold-out show with Broadway Calls, with Tom and Yuri, is just gonna be a good time. We're working on some interesting video stuff, possibly, as well.
TW: So you're gonna have cameras there.
Herrera: We're gonna record it. We don't necessarily have plans for releasing something, but if it turns out good then we will. We always try and do that any time there's an event-type show, especially since it's 21 and older only. Some people will miss it, and they'll be able to check it out online at some point.
TW: In the beginning, did you imagine being together this long?
Herrera: Like anything when you're that young, you're not thinking about much. … You think either we're gonna be selling out arenas in 20 years or we're gonna be dead. You always think in extremes. As we all know, it's usually somewhere in between for most of us.
It really does boggle my mind to think about how far we have come in 21 years. For us, it's just gonna be a chance to enjoy just the legacy we've built, but also the personal relationships we've come across and been able to build along the way.
TW: Have there been rough patches where you've thought of breaking the band up?
Herrera: It always crosses your mind when things aren't going well. You come to that crossroads, and yes I've thought about it. …
We try to make everything we do count that much more, and be that much more important. So we're doing a little less touring. We're still touring all the time; we have a ton of touring coming up next year, in 2014. But we're never gonna be touring as much as we were 10 years ago when we were out nine months out of the year.
TW: What about new songs? Do you have plans for a “Plans” follow up?
Herrera: After we do the next round of shows, I'll definitely be in the studio working on my solo album. And then, for those who want the punk rock – yes, MxPx, new stuff. I would say later in 2014 would be a good time.