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Motion City Soundtrack

A leading light in the punk-pop genre, Motion City Soundtrack includes members Joshua Cain (guitar), Tony Thaxton (drums), Justin Pierre (vocals/guitar), Jesse Johnson (Moog), and Matthew Taylor (bass). Following their high-school graduation, Minneapolis natives Pierre and Cain -- both of whom were inspired by Sunny Day Real Estate, Jawbox, the Flaming Lips, and Superchunk -- formed the band in 1999. The pair assembled a temporary lineup and issued a self-released 7" that same year. Later, while touring through Pennsylvania in support of their release, Motion City Soundtrack met Thaxton and Taylor of the Virginia-based band Submerge. The two musicians decided to leave their hometown of Richmond, VA, to join Motion City Soundtrack full-time, and the expanded band soon entered the studio with producer/engineer Ed Rose (the Get Up Kids, Ultimate Facebook). Three weeks before recording commenced, they were also joined by keyboardist Jesse Johnson (whose personal record label, Ordinary Records, had issued some of Jimmy Eat World's earliest material in 1995) to relieve singer/guitarist Pierre of his synthesizer duties.

With a new lineup firmly in place, the band's punk-glazed debut, I Am the Movie, was released in the summer of 2003. While playing venues and basements in support of the album, Motion City Soundtrack was picked up by Epitaph Records; later, they joined blink-182 on a tour through Europe and Japan. Blink's bassist, Mark Hoppus, took a liking to the band and agreed to produce their next album; the resulting Commit This to Memory was released two years later and featured an increasingly pop-heavy sound. A deluxe version of the album (complete with bonus DVD) appeared in 2006, and the band spent the summer on Warped Tour before heading to Europe with OK Go that fall. Entering the studio for the third time, Motion City Soundtrack began to work with producers Adam Schlesinger (of Fountains of Wayne), Eli Janney (of Girls Against Boys), and Ric Ocasek (of the Cars). The completed product, Even If It Kills Me, was released in September 2007.

Even If It Kills Me cracked the Top 20 during its first week, becoming the band's highest-charting album to date. Major labels took notice, and by the following summer, Motion City Soundtrack had signed a new contract with Columbia Records. Eager to capitalize on such momentum, the group quickly wrapped up their Warped Tour obligations, wrote new material during the latter half of 2008, and returned to the recording studio with Mark Hoppus. My Dinosaur Life was completed by June 2009 and released early the following year, with "Disappear" serving as the lead single. After a couple years of touring, which found the band making stops all over the United States as well the U.K. and Brazil, Motion City Soundtrack went back into the studio in 2011 to work on new material. Their fifth album, Go, arrived in 2012 on Epitaph. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Comments

I had no idea that they came from Minnesota
Love this song >.<
Also, the title goes well with the cover -_-
Their song everything is alright is the best!!
malonso1220
Tony doesn't play with them anymore though :( he resigned.
jessica.lynn . d e v i n e
They Rocked it at Warped Seattle (Auburn)! Love these guys
I'm so looking forward to warped tour
love this f**king song. love this f**kin band. love everyone reading these comments.
End of an era with Tony leaving end of an era
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
esrickard
I've been listening to these guys since about 2004 and have listened to them ever since. Having seen them twice live, I can say that they are great performers and are so nice to the crowd before, during, and after their sets. I saw them this past Saturday, Nov. 2nd, and they all waited after the show until everyone that wanted to talk to them got the chance. Fantastic musicians and seemingly pretty nice guys to boot. I hope that they'll be around for a long, long time.
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
They really should change their name to Michael Cera Soundtrack.

-Arvis
gregboruff
Saw them live a couple times- once at the Glass House in Pomona, and another time at Soma in San Diego. Great live performers, and really nice guys. Justin stopped and chatted with us while we were waiting in line before the show at the Glass House.
rjohannsen
Welcome to Summerfest boys. Glad you can make it. I will be front row center.
omg I love their song Everything Is Alright this is the 1st time I have heard of it though ty Pandora for the awesome rec recommendati o n
Am I the only one who thinks that Her words destroyed my planet is one of the only songs that actually gets better when the kazoo (at least it sounds like a kazoo) comes in?
paulwab12
MCS+Say Anythig+Save s The Day= one epic effin concert... glad I went
fox111086
Amazing ability to place so much emotions into songs, without being melodramatic .
What's with all the Weezer comments? No hate, but this is MCS's page, guys! XD
baby_sister_ r u t h
they sound a lot like Ben Folds!
favourite band ever. cant wait to hopefully see them in September!!
weezer blue album = revolutionar y

weezer raditude = me crying and asking god WHYYY!
the weezer i bet
lilwillyd2
they opened for weezer and it was terrible
lisaorwick
I LOVE MCS!!! I can't wait to see them for the third time in a few weeks!!! So super excited!
MCS rocks. Can't wait until they're in central Iowa again.
220428408
i agree with Sylar, saw them twice within 2 months of each other. they are awesome and entertaining .
dude if you get a chance to see 'em live, dont miss out they a very badass
Awesome, man.
it's funny, yet super disturbing how much facebook has influenced the world... if you noticed the description above for the band reference "Ultimate Facebook" - it should be "ultimate fakebook"!
MCS is my most favorite band of all time! Their music has gotten me through so many bad days. I'm so glad I finally got to see them in concert and meet Justin Pierre. They're even better live!
love this band <3333
luminescent_ e m a c i a t i o n
These guys were just in my hometown last week. Can't believe I missed it. I mean, I'm not the hugest fan, but ZERO cool bands come to my hometown. I should have been all over this! :(

-Arvis
So Lovely
Amazing, amazing, amazing band. :) They will forever be in my heart as my favorite band! <3
I Am The Movie is the best. My Dinosaur Life is pretty sweet just released last week. Got to see em play at a record store for a release with a meet and greet with em was pretty sick.
Best album has gotta be Commit This to Memory. Great band.
tell me that your alright... ya everything is alright
Love this band and Justin's voice is amazing.
tylerhumphre y 8 1
they look very intersting.. . . but i like their music
lead singer is a WILDMAN... great live band.. good to dance to...


LETS GET F**KED UP AND DIE...
Just saw Justin on the dino trail, he's the coolest guy ever. Great music too.
adamlutz77
f**kin greatesr band ever... EVER they are the S**T
uggghh. garymcbride. . . . t h a t s disguisting. . . .
how does that happen when you listen to music?
lol...
ahhhhhhhh get off my dark moor station!!!!!
i jizz when I listen to them cx
kalizzy
Wow - great voice, Justin! You rock, k??? :D
They are legit and one of the best live performences ive ever seen :D I &lt;3 Motion City
SKilzz
Pretty much the best band ever. :D
when will these guys make another record?
ill resort to algebra to express my feelings
i suck at algebra, so i hope i am succesfull
GREAT HARMONIES + JUSTIN PIERRE AS VOCALS = GOOD MUSIC
thank you
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