Ever wonder where some bands come up with their band names? Well, we do, and we’re sick of sitting around scratching our heads about it. We’re hitting the streets (aka. “Internet”) to find the origins behind some of the more bizarre, intriguing or just plain random band names in the scene. Every Wednesday we’ll be pulling the curtain back on a different band and this week it’s pop-punk mainstays MxPx.
Mike Herrera, Yuri Ruley, and Andy Husted formed the band when they were i5 year old classmates at Central Kitsap High School. Originally they named themselves Magnified Plaid as a tribute to the original guitarist’s fascination with plaid shirts but unfortunately (or, fortunately) the band’s title didn’t fit on any of the band’s posters. To remedy the problem they used the abbreviation “M.P.” but in Yuri Ruley’s handwriting, periods appeared as “X”‘s, and since he made up the show posters for the band, the four-letter moniker “MxPx” stuck.
Check out last week’s Band Name Origin story: Buzzcocks