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

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