Motion City Soundtrack is an band who are NOT EMO from Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have released two albums, both on Epitaph Records. Their newest album, Commit This to Memory, was released on June 7, 2005.
+ The band consists of:
+ * Justin Pierre - Vocals, Guitars
+ * Matthew Taylor - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
+ * Jesse Johnson - Moog Synthesizer, Keyboards
+ * Joshua Cain - Guitars, Backing Vocals
+ * Tony Thaxton - Drums, Percussion
+ Motion City Soundtrack formed in Minneapolis in 1999. They released a number of EPs and gained a sizable following before recording their first full-length album, I Am the Movie.
+ I Am the Movie was self-released twice in 2002 and was quickly picked up by Epitaph Records for a nationwide release.
+ Backed by the success of their first album, Motion City Soundtrack toured for quite some time and in 2003 released the third track on I Am the Movie, The Future Freaks Me Out, as their first single. The single’s insanely catchy chorus and its memorable video made it a massive hit and brought the previously unknown band their first step toward fame. According to the band’s official web site, the song’s success was surprising, as the band “wrote the song in mere hours and it almost didn’t even make it onto their debut.”[1]
+ A second single was released later that year, “My Favorite Accident”, with a similarly quirky but also more dramatic video.
+ In 2004, Motion City Soundtrack went on tour throughout Europe and Japan with pop-punk stars blink-182. During the tour, Mark Hoppus, the bassist for blink-182, mentioned to the members of Motion City Soundtrack that he was considering in pursuing work in record production when his band went on hiatus later in the year. The comment was passed off more or less as a joke at first, but on the last day of the bands’ tour, Motion City Soundtrack’s singer Justin Pierre asked Hoppus if he would be interested in producing their next record. Hoppus agreed eagerly.
+ Motion City Soundtrack’s second album was recorded in Los Angeles in fall 2004. Hoppus and the band got along well, and the album defied their expectations. The band felt a great freedom to expand beyond their traditional roles.
+ The title, Commit This to Memory, was chosen early in the album’s production, and is taken from a lyric in one of the album’s songs, Hangman.
+ Production work on Commit This to Memory was finished in early 2005, and the album’s winter theme (with two songs reflecting on New Year’s Day) contrasted heavily with its expected June release. The album was leaked to pirate sites several months before its release, much to the band’s dismay, while they took part in the first ever Epitaph Tour in February and March.
+ The album’s final release, however, was a tremendous success. Released in June 7, 2005, Commit This to Memory proved that Motion City Soundtrack had a long, successful career ahead of them.
+ The album’s first single, Everything Is Alright, has found significant radio play and has already appeared on several compilations. The song’s video has appeared on MTV and Fuse channel.
+ The band has most recently finished shooting the video for their latest single, Hold Me Down, and releasing a 2-disc set of Commit This To Memory which includes a documentary DVD. There is also a bonus track, Monsters Invisible, which was accidentally mislabelled on the back of the CD.

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