Slacker Logo


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
Read More Read Less

Stations Featuring
Motion City Soundtrack


    1 song

    Punk U

    Punk U
    1 song

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

Artists Related to Motion City Soundtrack