June 19, 2012 | 7:30PM
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June 19, 2012 | 7:30PM
Biography: Since bursting onto the scene in the early '00s with the rollicking single "The Future Freaks Me Out", pop punk alternative rockers Motion City Soundtrack have continually impressed...Expand
Since bursting onto the scene in the early '00s with the rollicking single "The Future Freaks Me Out", pop punk alternative rockers Motion City Soundtrack have continually impressed fans and critics alike with their shout-along hooks, punchy drums, and battling guitars. In concert frontman Justin Pierre belts out emo-tinged, tongue-in-cheek lyrics with his signature falsetto, infusing each song with raw emotion that's perfectly complemented by the band's infectious exuberance. Especially entertaining is keyboardist Jesse Johnson, who hops over his keys, cranks out the cowbell, and mans the moog synthesizer, which has become a staple of the band's sound. Known for bringing their “A” game whenever they hit the stage, Motion City Soundtrack fervently perform fan favorites like "Everything Is Alright”, "L.G. FUAD” and “My Favorite Accident”, and recent hits “Her Words Destroyed My Planet” and “True Romance" at their crowd-pleasing live shows. The band will be releasing their sixth studio album in early fall 2015 on Epitaph Records.
Former high school friends Joshua Cain and Justin Pierre formed Motion City Soundtrack in Minneapolis in 1997. After multiple lineup changes, the band finally solidified in 2002 with the addition of bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton, and keyboardist Jesse Johnson. Later that year they dropped their debut album I Am The Movie, which was re-released a year later by Epitaph Records after the breakout success of single "The Future Freaks Me Out". Their sophomore album, 2005's Commit This To Memory, was produced by Blink 182 bassist Matt Hoppus and boasted the hit single "Everything is Alright". Over the next few years the band released their third album Even If It Kills Me and toured extensively, both as a headlining act and as an opener for Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and All American Rejects. They made their major label debut in 2010 with My Dinosaur Life -- an edgier, alternative album released on Columbia Records -- but they returned to Epitaph for 2012's Go. With their highly anticipated Commit This To Memory 10 Year Anniversary Tour in 2015, ticket buyers are jumping at the chance to see these veteran indie rockers in concert.
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