Pop punk band MxPx formed in Bremerton, Washington in 1992 as Magnified Plain, a name that was abbreviated into M.P. before the band eventually decided on MxPx. The band released its debut album, Pokinatcha, in 1994, while all three members were still in high school. Similar to MxPx's future work, the album demonstrates strong Christian influences as well as the quick-paced style of hardcore punk, though the band prefers not to be classified as a Christian band. With the release of its 2000 album The Ever Passing Moment, MxPx began favoring a pop punk sound that defines its subsequent releases, including the band's 2012 record, Plans Within Plans.