A Story About Seeing Mxpx
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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 favorites, “Teenage Politics”. Some of the lyrics to this song are, “No Im not mad but I think they forget what its like and how hard it is to be a teenager. This is a new day and age, we read a different book where Elvis aint the rage and polyester aint the look.” “Is it time again to disagree about anything, everything and whats on TV its a vicious circle, never ending a linear equation worldly extending. No, Ill never be like you; Ill never be like you. Oh no! Im just like you!”
The second song they played was “Im 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 dont have Christ in our lives. “They guarantee our freedom but freedom isnt 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 society…maybe this world had stopped thinking maybe all their minds are shrinking you failed system is including chaos, its chaos, its 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”.