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Punk Band Comes "Home" With New Deal

Of the Oakland Press

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Headlining the Tooth & Nail Tour marks something of a homecoming for prodigal punkers MxPx.

The trio from Bremerton, Wash., which formed in 1992 as Magnified Plaid, released its first three albums with Tooth & Nail before moving to a major label (A&M)

in 1998. MxPx’s return, according to singer-bassist Mike Herrera, was initiated by the company but welcomed by the band.

“They came to us with a really good deal,” Herrera, 30, says, “and we were like, ‘Hmm, that’s strange, but we should at least look into it.’

“And when it came down to it, we worked out all our past differences. They mended what they had done in the past to us, and we were kinda like, ‘I’m sorry, too. Let’s make nice ...’ ”

Tooth & Nail began the renewed association by releasing a “Deluxe Edition” of the 1998 rarities compi- lation “Let It Happen,” adding bonus DVD with music videos. The label will next release MxPx’s eighth album, “Secret Weapon,” on July 17, and Herrera says that he and his bandmates — drummer Yuri Riley and guitarist Tom Wisniewski — feel like they’ve returned home after a prolonged but occasionally lucrative exile.

“I feel (Tooth & Nail) feels sense of ownership to when it comes us,” he explains. “They feel proud to have been a part of breaking us, and they want to do it again with this record. So there is that sort of pride. They’re really, really part of this again.”

The Tooth & Nail Tour, featuring MxPx, Hawk Nelson, the Classic Crime, Sullivan and the Fold, takes place 6:30 p.m. Friday (June 1st) at St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $18. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www. livenation.com.

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