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"21 Years And Running" as a punk rock powerhouse

Reggies Rock Club
Chicago, IL
June 21, 2014
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Story and photos by Andy Argyrakis

Throughout Tooth & Nail Records' two decade history, few acts have had the impact and cross cultural appeal as MxPx, as evidenced by the fact that the now legendary trio joins the elite likes of label group mates like Underoath and a mere handful of others in achieving gold sales status.

After recording additional projects for A&M and SideOneDummy, the group's pace may have slowed in recent years, but the "21 Years And Running" retrospective tour celebrating its skate pop/punk rumblings had no trouble selling out, thanks in part to genre shaping standouts like "My Life Story," "Move To Bremerton" and "I'm OK, You're OK," which still sound just as delectable as the day they were recorded.

In addition to a generous, 20-plus tune trip down memory lane, "Far Away" and "Aces Up" off the group's most recent album "Planted In Plans" (its first full-length in five years) found the guys' surging power chords, melodic vocals and clever lyrics picking right up where they left off.

The fist-pumping got all the more furious as front man Mike Herrera sang the cheeky ode to never growing up "Responsibility," followed by the redemptive encore "Tomorrow's Another Day" and the flat out fun of "Punk Rawk Show," all of which suggested that even in 2014, an MxPx concert remains the scene's top "place to go."


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