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Mike Herrera of MxPx (Encore Episode 158) Podcast

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  1. Melody Bot

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    As some of you may know, I started over 15 years ago as an MxPx and Blink-182 fan-page. Those were the first two bands I truly loved. They shaped my entire music taste and starting that website changed my life. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for those bands and those albums. Listening to “Doing Time” as a teenager gave me hope. Discovering pop-punk music and the community around it made me feel like I belonged to something special. Small, right outside of the mainstream, but undeniably special. The music was unlike anything I was listening to at the time and hit me right when I needed it most.

    Last week MxPx released their new, self-titled, album. It’s their first album since 2012. Today, I’m excited to debut a new episode of Encore featuring lead singer Mike Herrera. This episode is a joint episode with Mike’s podcast, “The Mike Herrera Podcast,” which I also recommend subscribing to and checking out. In this episode we go deep on the new album. We talk about the recording process, the inspiration behind the songs, and then I walk through each song with Mike and get his thoughts on different aspects. I share some thoughts too, but mostly I was trying to get at what made this album feel so fresh, and yet so wholly MxPx, here in 2018.

    We also recorded the FaceTime conversation we had doing this podcast and the video is available on the MxPx YouTube channel. I look ridiculous and my cat walks into the office to have lunch a few minutes in, but we thought being able to see each other and read and react to facial expressions would bring a fun vibe to this episode. I think it worked. This is one of my favorite episodes of the podcast I’ve ever done.

    Show notes are below, the band’s new album is available on all streaming platforms, and physical copies are available at right now.


    Show Notes


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  2. I adore the new album.
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  4. I just love the positivity that shines through Mike's lyrics.

    I will listen to this podcast tomorrow!
    Jason Tate likes this.
  5. Same! And thanks! Hope you like it. I thought a lot of what Mike said about the inspiration of the album totally comes in his lyrics. Totally agree. It gives us a little hope here in 2018.
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  6. Zip It Chris

    Be kind; everyone is on their own journey.

    Congrats man I’m happy for you to be able to interview such an icon!
  7. kielhauck @kielhauck

    This is awesome - great idea adding the video element. Awesome interview!
  8. jorbjorb

    7 rings

    Wow this is amazing.
  9. paythetab

    Chorus.FM Album Reviewer (Adam Grundy) Supporter

    I need to get this album, like yesterday. Sounds like a ton of positive word of mouth is surrounding this release. Very happy for MXPX and their fans!
  10. Zip It Chris

    Be kind; everyone is on their own journey.

    Every song is great, they don't all sound the same, and it's a blast the whole way through.
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  11. Fill Your Lungs Up

    Newbie Supporter

    Everything about this episode was great. How cool must it be for Mike Herrera to be your Dad
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  12. manoverboard679

    If you have to ask, you can't afford it

    Watched this all the way through..loved it. Jason you must've listened to this record a lot for having so much insight just 1-2 days after release lol or did you get advanced copy?
  13. Heh, yeah, I had it for a while. Thanks so much for listening!