The Christian-themed punk-pop outfit MxPx was formed in Bremerton, Washington in 1993 by vocalist/bassist Mike Herrera, drummer Yuri Ruley and guitarist Andy. Originally dubbed Magnified Plaid, at the time of the group's formation all its members were still in high school; Andy was soon replaced by guitarist Tom Wisniewski, and by the time they got their driver's licenses the trio had already released several seven-inch singles and their debut album Pokinatcha for Tooth & Nail Records. It quickly became the label's best-seller and prompted the release of the band's second, Teenage Politics. Popular with the skate/surf community as well as the punk underground (with a snowboard sponsorship to their name), MxPx broke out of the underground in 1996 with their third LP, Life in General. Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo, their debut for major label A&M, followed in 1998, trailed a year later by the live At the Show.