Motion City Soundtrack is a band that hardly needs an introduction. After years of touring and five albums to boot, they are more than just veterans of the pop-punk and pop-rock scenes…they’ve been a major influence for their contemporaries. I’ve been a fan of the band’s unique synthesized pop-rock since high school, and I was quite excited to see them again. After a run on this summer’s Warped, the band hit the road again for a fall headlining tour that stopped at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore.
From the moment the band took the stage, it was clear what they had come to do. Instead of leaning on the crutch of production, the band eschewed elaborate stage setups for a simple backdrop, and a hell of a performance. The band kicked “rockstar” attitudes to the curb and instead oozed an endearing, almost shy stage presence that seemed fitting for a movie, where the high school nerds form a band and take the world by storm.
The band powered through their 15 song set, featuring a comfortable mixture of old and new. They played classic favorites such as “Fell in Love Without You” and “Let’s Get Fucked Up and Die” as well as songs off their latest album Go (2012) and their latest single “Inside Out” that was released this September.
The audience was a great mix of old and young, proving that even seasoned vets like MCS are still very much relevant to attract younger fans on top of their already strong fan base. Throughout their set, you could feel the venue slipping into an almost dance-hall vibe, with fans letting loose and enjoying the night. At the end of the show, I left with the same kind of warm and fuzzy feeling that made me fall in love with the band years ago as a teenager. Motion City Soundtrack is still going strong, staying positive, and playing their trademark style of awesome music.
Catch them on tour with Reliant K and Driver Friendly (another great band to check out!) this November.