Legendary Bremerton, WA punk trio, MxPx will release a music documentary entitled Both Ends Burning, featuring footage from the band’s 2008 world tour all the way to the band’s sold-out Seattle show in March 2011.
In this brutally honest depiction of the band, MxPx finds themselves at a crossroads in their career, struggling to find the balance between full time jobs, and the life of a touring musician. Directed by Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios, the DVD will be available digitally on December 1 through most online retail outlets and the band’s website). The physical version, which includes over 20 minutes of deleted scenes, will be available December 8 through the band’s website. Pre-order packages are available now.
Since the release of their third album Life In General in 1996, which launched them to success with hits “Chick Magnet” “Move To Bremerton”, and “Doing Time”, MxPx has been on the road constantly, touring first across the country and then around the world. Touring since the age of 15, they’ve weathered the trials of friendship and the pressure of performing every night. However, the love/hate relationship of their friendship has endured in tight quarters, and the unexpected experience touring the world brings has reaffirmed of the legacy MxPx has built within the last 19 years by fellow bands and fans.
A documentary about both life and music, Both Ends Burning is both a realization of how far the band has come, and how much further they want to go. Nearing two decades of playing together, it was late 2010 when drummer Yuri Ruley questioned being in the band and performed what he thought would be his last performance as a full-time member of MxPx at Wasted Space in The Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas. At the same time, guitarist Tom Wisniewski turned in his part-time status as well, taking on a full-time job in Bremerton.
But playing that show in Las Vegas provided more than a chance to reminisce about the past through their first full Life In General live set, the sold-out show helped rekindling the spark of creativity, reaffirming that Ruley and Wisniewski would continue with the band but would drastically scale back on touring. Both have since remained members of the band and are currently in the studio with vocalist and bassist, Mike Herrera finishing up their ninth full-length album, to be released in early 2012.
In addition to featuring some of the bands travel experiences, remedies to handling conflict and personal space issues while on the road, the DVD also includes interviews with friends and peers of the band that continue to support the band and their music. Special guests include: Ethan Luck (Relient K), Stephen Egerton (Descendants), Jeremy McKinnon (A Day To Remember), Chris Demakes (Less Than Jake), along with many more, add their individual anecdotes to the story, collectively agreeing on how influential the band has been and the true legacy the band has built.