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

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