MxPx SHOW REVIEW AND PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE GLASSHOUSE BY MICHAEL MULLENIX!
Friends and loyal readers, Saturday February 1st marked a special night, marking 8 years to the day that I have been photographing bands. If you will indulge this brief personal aside, I am excited to share with you my gallery and reflections of MxPx’s performance. I would like to dedicate this review to my fellow contributor Misty Lake for being there to help celebrate this night, and also to our generous host Christopher Crouse for putting up with me during the previous year. In addition, I would like to thank everyone I’ve ever met who’s kept me doing what I love!
That said, MxPx at the Glasshouse!
To start off the evening was a special appearance of Kris Roe, the singer for the influential punk band, The Ataris. Armed with an old acoustic guitar, Kris poured through several acoustic versions Ataris classics such as In This Diary and The Graveyard Of The Atlantic. In truth I am a sucker for this kind of thing. In a much more mellow environment, there is something incredible about watching a room of close to 700 people break out in unison and sing a song together, pitch perfect. Kris Roe was electrifying and had the crowd singing at the top of their lungs. Perfect way to set the mood to the evening
At the end of the night MxPx took the stage and delivered an incredible performance going through all the hits. I must preface this article by saying that MxPx was filled mostly with a stand-in “tour ensemble” fronted by Mike Herrera. Folks, I am neither hip enough nor nimble enough to be able to tell you what is going on with all the members of a band at any given moment. Limitations and/or absences in bands are normal common place in this line of work. Even in my best research I still find it a bit murky as to what state MxPx is in as a music-writing unit. In the end though, Mike Herrera and company showed up to the Glasshouse with a setlist of MxPx songs that included Heard That Sound, My Life Story, Chick Magnet, and Wrecking Hotel Rooms. One special point of the evening came from a fan and former singer of an MxPx cover band was allowed to come onstage and propose to his girlfriend of 10 years (someone he met while playing MxPx songs). A very tender moment amidst Mike Herrera’s acoustic melodies, I think it’s only customary to invite Mr Herrera to the wedding. In the end the band ended their set on Punk Rock Show and whipped the crowd into a frenzy one last time.