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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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Motion City Soundtrack

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