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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,andSuperchunk — 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 ...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,andSuperchunk — 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 theVirginia-based band Submerge. The two musicians decided to leave theirhometown of Richmond, VA, to joinMotion CitySoundtrack 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 (whosepersonal record label, Ordinary Records, had issued some of Jimmy EatWorld's earliest material in 1995) torelievesinger/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. Whileplaying venues andbasements in support of the album,Motion City Soundtrack was picked up by Epitaph Records; later, theyjoined blink-182 on a tour through Europe and Japan. Blink's bassist, MarkHoppus, took a liking to the band andagreed toproduce their next album; the resulting Commit This to Memory was released two years later and featured an increasinglypop-heavysound. A deluxe version of the album(complete with bonus DVD) appeared in 2006, and the band spent the summeron Warped Tour before heading to Europe with OK Go that fall.Entering the studio for the third time,Motion City Soundtrackbegan 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 labelstook notice, and bythe following summer, Motion CitySoundtrack had signed a new contract with Columbia Records. Eager tocapitalize on such momentum, the group quickly wrapped up their WarpedTour obligations, wrote new materialduring thelatter half of 2008, and returned to the recording studio with Mark Hoppus. My Dinosaur Life was completed by June 2009 andreleasedearly 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
167 Votes
My Dinosaur Life
2010

3.8
479 Votes
Even If It Kills Me
2007

3.4
386 Votes
Commit This To Memory
2005

3.9
596 Votes
I Am the Movie
2003

3.7
407 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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