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Motion City Soundtrack

A leading light in the punk-pop genre, Motion City Soundtrack includes members Joshua Cain (guitar), Tony Thaxton (drums), Justin Pierre(vocals/guitar), Jesse Johnson (Moog), andMatthew Taylor (bass). Following their high-school graduation, Minneapolis natives Pierre and Cain — both of whom were inspired by Sunny DayReal 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, whiletouring through Pennsylvania in supportof their release, Motion City Soundtrack met Thaxton and Ta ...read more

A leading light in the punk-pop genre, Motion City Soundtrack includes members Joshua Cain (guitar), Tony Thaxton (drums), Justin Pierre(vocals/guitar), Jesse Johnson (Moog), andMatthew Taylor (bass). Following their high-school graduation, Minneapolis natives Pierre and Cain — both of whom were inspired by Sunny DayReal 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, whiletouring through Pennsylvania in supportof their release, Motion City Soundtrack met Thaxton and Taylor of the Virginia-based band Submerge. The two musicians decided to leave theirhometown of Richmond, VA, to joinMotion City Soundtrack full-time, and the expanded band soon entered the studio with producer/engineer Ed Rose (the Get Up Kids, UltimateFacebook). Three weeks before recordingcommenced, they were also joined by keyboardist Jesse Johnson (whose personal record label, Ordinary Records, had issued some of Jimmy EatWorld's earliest material in 1995) torelieve 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 andbasements 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, MarkHoppus, took a liking to the band andagreed to produce their next album; the resulting Commit This to Memory was released two years later and featured an increasingly pop-heavysound. A deluxe version of the album(complete with bonus DVD) appeared in 2006, and the band spent the summer on 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 RicOcasek (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 band's highest-charting album to date. Major labels took notice, and bythe following summer, Motion CitySoundtrack had signed a new contract with Columbia Records. Eager to capitalize on such momentum, the group quickly wrapped up their WarpedTour obligations, wrote new materialduring the latter half of 2008, and returned to the recording studio with Mark Hoppus. My Dinosaur Life was completed by June 2009 and releasedearly the following year, with"Disappear" serving as the lead single.from allmusic.com « hide

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LPs
Go
06/12/2012

3.4
152 Votes
My Dinosaur Life
2010

3.8
458 Votes
Even If It Kills Me
2007

3.3
370 Votes
Commit This To Memory
2005

3.9
576 Votes
I Am the Movie
2003

3.7
391 Votes
EPs
Making Moves
11/06/2012

3.8
15 Votes
Even If It Kills Me Acoustic EP
2007

3.2
18 Votes
Kids For America


2.9
11 Votes
Compilations
Commit This To Memory (Deluxe Edition)
2006

4.1
112 Votes

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