Four Albums in Two Nights with Motion City Soundtrack in NY


I can disappear anytime I want to
Time I feel you
Travel through my skin
I am with you till the end

—From “Disappear” by Motion City Soundtrack

When Motion City Soundtrack plays 2 nights at Irving Plaza this week, the quintet will be performing all four of their acclaimed CDs in their entirety—2003’s “I Am the Movie,” 2005’s “Commit this to Memory,” 2007’s “Even if it Kills Me,” and 2010’s “My Dinosaur Life.” (If you’re fans of vintage MCS, you should attend the show on Friday, September 9th to hear their first two records, while their latest two discs will be performed on Saturday, September 10th.)

MCS has played with the likes of Fall Out Boy, Weezer and blink-182 (whose bassist, Mark Hoppus, produced MCS’s second and fourth albums) And fans eagerly await the synth-pop punks (Justin Pierre on lead vocals/guitar, lead guitarist Josh Cain, bassist Matt Taylor, keyboardist Jesse Johnson, and drummer Tony Thaxton) fifth studio album set for release in early 2012:

“We’re not 100% decided on the title yet, but we do have one that we like,” reveals Taylor. “Sonically, we’re still the same band. We’ve stayed true to some sounds from the past, and have expanded in a few other ways. From start to finish, the record sounds more eclectic. Lyrically, Justin visits a few new places that he’s neglected in the past, like mortality – something that most people don’t like to think about. He also visits more immediate subjects in his life, runs them under a microscope and shares his findings.”

While NYC is the closest Motion City Soundtrack will come to Long Island on their LG Ones to Watch Tour, the band has fond memories of playing on LI, especially the Downtown:

“We played the Downtown many times, recalls Taylor. “We always had fantastic shows there. The crowds were always big and looking to get crazy. It’s one of the first places that we played where we noticed that people were really paying attention to what we were doing as a band.”

When you head to Irving Plaza for two high-energy shows this weekend, don’t forget to get there early and check out opener Jenny Owen Youngs, who is highly recommended by Taylor.
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Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.