Yesterday MXPX announced that drummer, Yuri Ruley would be retiring to focus on raising his family as the band plans to scale back on touring. Yuri was one of the founding members of MXPX that just celebrated 18 years together as a band. He also happens to be one of the nicest guys in music I've met.
In November of 1996 a cassette tape called "Life In General" by MXPX changed my life. One might think it's funny that a punk rock album, or any album for that matter, could really change someones lifeâ€¦But "Life In General" did change mine! What I originally purchased on cassette tape I would eventually buy several times on CD. The album still remains #1 on my list of favorite albums and track #11 Today Is In My Way" still remains one of my all time favorite songs.
Before Life In General my music tastes were stuck in the Christian bubble of cheesy CCM bands. The first time I heard Life In General it was like hearing music for the first time. It was fast, melodic, and during the life changing time of puberty, the lyrics spoke to me as if they were written directly to me. Starting out with the first five words of the album, "emotion, is my middle name." Opening my ears to a completely new style of music lead me to explore other music styles and bands. I can honestly say that if it wasn't for Life In General, I would not have the same wide respect and taste for music as I do today.
Not only did the lyrics positively affect my life, but the band also drove me to become a musician. First starting on bass and moving onto guitar by learning MXPX songs from tabs online. I would not be the musician I am today (not that I am a good one) had I not started playing MXPX songs in my room over 10 years ago.
18 years and 2.5 million records soldâ€¦99.9% of bands only dream of that kind of success and MXPX had it. They don't act or live like big time rock stars with big houses and lots of cars but they have done what they love for over half of their lives. Again something most people only dream about.
I've seen the band play around a dozen amazing live shows over the years. So even with them not touring full-time anymore, I can still see them play festivals and one-off shows as well as hear the new music they release. Their story doesn't end today. Yuri's time and story with the band may end but the impact the 3 members of MXPX had in my life will last a lifetime.
What about you? What album was life changing for you?
Original post at: ChrisLoach.com
POSTED BY HARMS ON JULY 8, 2010
The End of an Era: MxPx's Yuri Ruley Retires
Bremertons MxPx have just announced the retirement of drummer Yuri Ruley who is leaving the band to focus more on family life.
The announcement comes just 2 days after the band celebrated their 18 year anniversary.
They'll be playing a "farewell Yuri" show in Vegas on July 18th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas. As a special treat, the show will also celebrate the 14th anniversary of the "Life in General" record, which will be played in it's entirety.
Ruley had this to say about his departure: "With MxPx being a touring band and constantly on the road 9 months out of the year, I knew at some point it would have to come to an end, but the reality of it is a lot harder than I thought it would be. MxPx has been my second family for nearly two decades, but I need to step away to focus on raising my family."
MxPx will continue, though scaled back with only occasional shows and recording projects. Frontman Mike Herrera will continue to work on his "Tumbledown" project and Tom Wisniewski will be keeping plenty busy as well.
As a kid that grew up in Bremerton and listened to The End, MxPx was a BIG part of my musical life throughout late Jr High and High School. It was the coolest thing in the world knowing that a couple of guys from down the road could actually get on the radio, go on tours, and make music videos etc.
That sorta stuff just didn't happen.
A couple quick memories:
I remember being a freshman or sophmore in high school and seeing a picture of Herrera in some magazine rocking a pair of Converse. I thought to myself, "woah, those are awesome, i need to get a pair". Not a day hasn't gone by since that I haven't rocked a pair a Chuck's (wearing 'em right now).
The guys also taught me how cool it was cool to like your home town. When you're 14 years old and mad at the world, everything sucks. The majority of bands I listened to talked about how terrible where they grew up was. It seemed like the cool thing to do.
These guys were the opposite. They were from Bremerton and were proud of it. They even wrote a song about it that was on THE END. There were people in my high school that SAW THEM SHOOT THE VIDEO!!!
This was very exciting stuff, especially for a sophmore in high school.
I've always tried to follow MxPx's lead and champion our town by expressing the same enthusiasm and positive energy that they have done. It really is a great place with great people.
Since I've worked at the station, I've gotten to know the band fairly well and my "MxPx experience" has only gotten cooler.
A lot of times you meet bands/artists you look up to and it's a disappointment. It's not there fault, it's just that most people can't live up to the pedestal that you have put them on.
Not the case with MxPx, they couldn't have been cooler or more personable. Again, I wouldn't call a ton of bands my friends, we have more of a "working relationship. I can say with sincerity that Mike, Tom and Yuri are friends.
The station has done a bunch of events with MxPx since I've been here... for me, the best has to have been the Endfest 16 after party.
It was in some shitty bar in Pioneer Square, I left the Pumpkins early so I could see the show... and they didn't disappoint.
They said after a song or two "We're a bar band tonight" and launched into an epic mix of their own songs and fast paced, in your face covers that just fit. It was the perfect end to a long day. In fact, I'm pretty sure there is still a drunken voicemail of me that exists somewhere talking to SB after I left the show that very much proves how excited I was. It's nice to feel that way about a band/show.
I know it's not the end of the band, but with Yuri leaving, it's certainly the end of an era and maybe a sign of things winding down. Whatever the future holds for these guys, 18 years is a hell of a run, so thanks for everything. We'll see you at the Manette.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MXPX RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS
FOR THEIR FINAL PERFORMANCE BEFORE
DRUMMER YURI RULEY'S RETIREMENT
Vegas Set List To Include Fan Favorites "Chick Magnet" And "Move To Bremerton" From Their Acclaimed Album, Life In General
Los Angeles, CA, July 8, 2010Two days after their 18-year anniversary, Bremerton, WA trio MxPx announces the retirement of their drummer Yuri Ruley, as the band plans to scale back
on touring but will continue to play select shows and release new material. In addition to this announcement, the band will be performing in Las Vegas on July 18th as a farewell to Ruley
and celebration of their most celebrated release to date by performing the entirety of third LP, Life In General.
After 18 years and nearly 2.5 million records, having helped pave the way for pop-punk music, Ruley will be departing the band in order to focus more on his family life. "With MxPx being
a touring band and constantly on the road 9 months out of the year, I knew at some point it would have to come to an end, but the reality of it is a lot harder than I thought it would be. MxPx has been my second family for nearly two decades, but I need to step away to focus on raising my family."
With Ruley's departure, MxPx will be scaling back a bit to focus on the completion of their new live DVD/photo book and new EP. Vocalist and bassist Mike Herrera will lean his focus to Tumbledown's sophomore release and guitarist Tom Wisniewski will continue with MxPx in conjunction with his new full-time job.
"The current economy crisis has affected everyone in some way. For us as a mid-tier band that relies on consistent touring as a steady source of income, we've been affected drastically. Touring costs have sky-rocketed and companies have limited their marketing dollars, resulting in most bands being barely able to cover current road costs," says Wisniewski. "I had no choice but to limit my availability on the road to get a full time job to support my family, but will continue to perform select MxPx dates and continue making music."
Not to be confused as the band's final show, the bittersweet performance and farewell to Ruley will be the band's first appearance into Sin City since September 2008 and will celebrate the near 14-year anniversary of their most notable album release to date, Life In General, with a live full album performance at the Hard Rock Hotel for their faithful fans.
"This will be a night to celebrate both the band and our fans who have supported us and will continue to support us now and in the future," says Herrera.
The music of MxPx has been known for its ability to unite formerly distinguished fan bases such as the skate/surf community and the punk underground, MxPx used this wide variety of fans as a catalyst for the release of Life In General in 1996, which is notably the bands first mainstream success to date with tracks "Chick Magnet" and "Move To Bremerton," having launched them to the top of the alternative charts in 1996.
MxPx will continue to perform in festivals and one-off dates with Chris Wilson (The Summer Obsession) sitting in on drums. MxPx All-Stars will embark on a new International tour to Australia in early 2011, which will feature the same line-up from their first tour to Japan and Malaysia ï¿½ï¿½" Mike Herrera, Kris Roe of The Ataris and Chris Wilson. Also, stay tuned as long awaited full-length album of MxPx's side-project, Arthur, featuring all three members and their former tech assistant Neil Hundt will be released later this year.
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Guess what? We're legal! woowoo! Today, we turn 18. Happy Birthday to us!
Mike talks about his upcoming South American Tour this August.
Happy Friday!! In honor of our Life in General show next month in Vegas, this week's MxPx Friday will be LIG themed. Do you know the song? "Take a ride on my Vespa, I'll take you home, I'll climb up to your window and read you a poem" Answer: "Do Your Feet Hurt"Have a great weekend! And don't forget, tickets to our Life in General show in Las Vegas go on sale June 26th!
Time for a new contest and to announce the winner of the Signed Poster Contest!
Winner of the Signed Poster Contest: Kevin Brennan!
Congrats Kevin! We'll be sending out your poster soon!
And the new contest: Ugly Sweater Contest!