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Motion City Soundtrack

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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Albums by
Motion City Soundtrack

Top Songs by
Motion City Soundtrack

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

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