Motion City Soundtrack has been my musical standby for pretty much anything. If I’m in a depressed mood, they have a song for that (“Hold Me Down”). If I’m angry, they got a song for that (“Disappear”). And whenever I feel like just singing at the top of my lungs (“L.G. Fuad”), well I think you can get it from there. MCS’s music reaches a variety of different people; able enough to hit themes of breakups, video games, and paranoia. Each of their first four albums have been amazingly consistent, keeping me interested and entertained throughout their impressive discography. Even their side projects (most notably Farewell Continental) have grown to entertain me while I wait patiently for whatever their next album would be. [Read more...]
“Farewell Continental. God, I guess you can’t love everything. We love to be supportive of a lot of music, and it’s just not realistic that you’re gonna love everything, you know? I mean there’s a certain amount of crude that gets through. Sort of the cracks, it just sorta seeps in like a disease. 1996 called and they really need their sound back.” That is a small section of the song “Radio, Radio: Are You Getting This?” off of Farewell Continental’s newest album ¡Hey, Hey Pioneers! Well, I’d like to disagree with that. [Read more...]
Usually, calling a band “immature” is a bad thing. This usually comes when an artist or band doesn’t branch out from their normal sound or material in which they record. Some bands mature in a drastic new direction (Linkin Park, for example) while others tend to stay in their comfort zone (All Time Low). However, there is something about Minnesotan po-punk band Motion City Soundtrack. MCS’s sound has stayed in a very geeky style of pop music, mixing loud guitars with synthesizers and lyrics that reference everything from Will And Grace, Ben Folds Five, and The Legend of Zelda, among others. The thing about Motion City is that, although their sound hasn’t changed much since their debut in 2003, each album sounds refreshing. This is why Motion City Soundtrack is one of my favorite bands. Period. They might not evolve or mature, but they truly refine their music, giving new fans a great introduction, while still being able to please their devoted fanbase.
Now, the band is working on their 5th studio album, and is on their “4 Albums. 2 Nights. 7 Cities. Tour,” so to give new fans a taste of what to expect (and for me a taste of what I’m going to miss), I have put together four mini-reviews, plus a list of songs that MCS fans should have. [Read more...]