March 30, 2007

Motion City Soundtrack

This band is great for one reason; They are from Minneapolis! When I listen to the lyrics I hear references to places I see on a weekly basis (when I'm not at college of course). Everything from bar hopping on Lyndale Avenue, Midwest love affairs, and frozen winters. I'm glad they are from my hometown, because I really want to see these guys live.

Motion City Soundtrack was formed in 1997 in (where else) Minneapolis! Since then they have released numerous EPs, two full-length albums, and appeared on over 20 compilation CDs. Their second and latest album Commit this to Memory was released in summer 2005 on Epitaph Records. The year before they toured with Blink-182 in Europe and Japan, where Mark Hoppus mentioned that he wanted to get into record production. At the end of the tour they asked him to produce their new albums and he agreed. In the coming winter they recorded the album, which featured a lot of references to the New Years, and winters of Minnesota. This was a little strange, since the album was set for a June release. But the album was a great success for the band.

Commit this to Memory is a mix of power-pop/pop-punk/new wave. The album has a lighter feeling to it, due to Motion City's up-beat punk style as well as lead singer Justin Pierre's higher (alto?) vocals. The first single Everything Is Alright is a song about anxiety and paranoia featuring Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy (listen to the echoes and the chorus). Also look for Mark Hoppus' verse in Hangman.

Motion City Soundtrack is back with summer with a new album set to drop in July (2007). The name of the album is set at Even If It Kills Me currently. A few song titles were released: Calling All Cops, Fell In Love Without You, Asking You To Leave and Where I Belong. I plan on buying it the day it drops.

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