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A leading light in the punk-pop genre, Motion City Soundtrack include 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, Virginia, 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 Fakebook). 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 its 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 the 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 group's highest-charting album to date. Major labels took notice, and by the following summer the band had signed a new contract with Columbia Records. Eager to capitalize on such momentum, Motion City Soundtrack 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 them 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. The bandmembers wrote their next album while on the Warped Tour, and brought in John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to produce, with the intention of trying to match the energy of their live shows. They decided to record the songs live, a first for the group, at Underbelly North, formerly Pachyderm Studio, where Nirvana's In Utero was recorded. After rehearsals, the vibrant Panic Stations was recorded over 14 days in June 2014 and released in September 2015. ~ MacKenzie Wilson
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Stations Featuring
Motion City Soundtrack

    Punk U

    Punk U
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Albums by
Motion City Soundtrack

Top Songs by
Motion City Soundtrack

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  2.   True Romance
  3.   Everything Is Alright
  4.   The Future Freaks Me Out
  5.   My Favorite Accident
  6.   TKO
  7.   Attractive Today
  8.   Fell in Love Without You
  9.   Happy Anniversary
  10.   Pulp Fiction
  11.   Point of Extinction
  12.   This Is for Real
  13.   L.G. Fuad
  14.   Capital H
  15.   Floating Down the River
  16.   Not Asking You to Leave
  17.   Last Night
  18.   Don't Call It a Comeback
  19.   Playing for Keeps by Matchbook Romance
  20.   Give Up/Give In
  21.   Hello Helicopter
  22.   Pop Song 89
  23.   Feel Like Rain
  24.   Mary Without Sound
  25.   Throw Down
  26.   Heavy Boots
  27.   Severance
  28.   Alcohol Eyes
  29.   Bottom Feeder
  30.   The Worst Is Yet to Come
  31.   Boxelder
  32.   Always Running Out of Time
  33.   Hysteria
  34.   Her Words Destroyed My Planet
  35.   Disappear
  36.   Broken Heart
  37.   Invisible Monsters
  38.   Hold Me Down
  39.   Hangman
  40.   Together We'll Ring in the New Year
  41.   Resolution
  42.   Indoor Living
  43.   Perfect Teeth
  44.   Red Dress
  45.   Broken Arrow
  46.   It's a Pleasure to Meet You
  47.   In Transit (For You) by Matchbook Romance
  48.   Major Leagues
  49.   Timelines
  50.   Worker Bee
  51.   The Weakends
  52.   Stand Too Close
  53.   Skin and Bones
  54.   History Lesson
  55.   A Life Less Ordinary (Need a Little Help)
  56.   It Had to Be You
  57.   Antonia
  58.   Even If It Kills Me
  59.   Where I Belong
  60.   Better Open the Door
  61.   Time Turned Fragile
  62.   Make Out Kids
  63.   Modern Chemistry
  64.   The Samurai Code
  65.   Over It Now
  66.   Anything at All
  67.   Lose Control
  68.   Inside Out
  69.   Everyone Will Die
  70.   Son of a Gun
  71.   Circuits and Wires
  72.   Delirium
  73.   @!#?@!
  74.   Calling All Cops
  75.   The Conversation
  76.   Can't Finish What You Started
  77.   The Worst Part...
  78.   When You're Around
  79.   Shiver
  80.   A-OK
  81.   Autographs & Apologies
  82.   The Coma Kid
  83.   Bad Idea
  84.   Cambridge
  85.   Boombox Generation
  86.   Days Will Run Away
  87.   Gravity
  88.   I Can Feel You
  89.   Sunday Warning

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