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On November 13th I went to Tramps in New York to see one of my favorite
bands, MxPx. MxPx is a Christian pop-punk band. Pop punk basically means
happy punk. The band members, are Mike Herrera who plays bass and sings, Tom
Wisniewski who plays guitar and Yuri Ruley plays drums. They played about 10
songs, all of which I knew.
Some of their songs have to do with society problems through the eyes of a
teenager. At the show, the first song they played was one of my favoriteÕs,
"Teenage Politics". Some of the lyrics to this song are, "No IÕm not mad but
I think they forget what itÕs like and how hard it is to be a teenager. This
is a new day and age, we read a different book where Elvis ainÕt the rage
and polyester ainÕt the look." "ÉIs it time again to disagree about
anything, everything and whatÕs on TV itÕs a vicious circle, never ending a
linear equation worldly extending. No, IÕll never be like you; IÕll never be
like you. Oh no! IÕm just like you!"
The second song they played was "I'm the Bad Guy". The first couple lines of
state, "Legalistic people suck. Legalism makes me sick." Even though they
openly bust on legalism, they also know the world has nothing to offer them
but hurt and pain, while God is the only answer.
Since they are a Christian punk band, of course they have to play religious
songs. One really good song that they played there was "False Fiction". This
song basically means that the world is going through such turmoil because we
donÕt have Christ in our lives. "They guarantee our freedom but freedom
isnÕt real unless you know Christ you wont know how I feel. Inflections of
the way things were supposed to be the mental disorder of our societyÉmaybe
this world had stopped thinking maybe all their minds are shrinking you
failed system is including chaos, itÕs chaos, itÕs your loss."
In "Like sand through the hourglass...so are the days of our lives," they
say, "My world is breaking down around me. I see my destroyed world in front
of me. Any and everything I trusted, I weep for my world disgusted. Will I
look to you? Jesus, yes I do!"
Not only did they play songs about Christ and society, they also played
songs about love. The fifth song they sang was "Do you feet hurt". This song
is about love and reading poems to his girlfriend through her window. A few
of the lyrics are, "Can I see you after you get out of school? I wonÕt even
mind it, if you treat me cruel. Take a ride on my Vespa, IÕll take you home.
IÕll climb up to your window and read you a poem."
Finally, the sixth song they played was "Andrea". I really canÕt say much
about this song. ItÕs just a fast paced love song. My favorite lyrics of the
song are "Andrea, I say your name and all that I can do is think about the
way you smiled and kinda sorta held my hand. Went out for coffee in what
must have been the smallest town in Kentucky. Andrea, we walked together
down dirt road by the bridge then we sat by each other and talked about a
few things. You looked at me I looked at you before you know itÕs time to
All of their songs are very fast paced. They all have heavy drumbeats. In
fact, all punk bands have this certain kind of quick and repeated drumbeat.
ThatÕs how you can tell if they are punk or not. MxPx also has a very
distinct bass line. In the song "Andrea" besides the lyrics their bass line
is remarkable.
There is a heaping helping of songs about everyday young male concerns. Such
as, unrequited love, quitting jobs, giving girls rides home on your vespa.
Yet they still have mature lyrics dealing with issues like leading a moral
life in an increasingly disillusioning world, defending your personal
integrity or railing against the unfeeling capitalist motives of people
trying to manipulate you.
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