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By on May 31, 2012

Exclusive: Motion City Soundtrack Talks “True Romance” in new Webisode

Alt-rock mainstays Motion City Soundtrack are returning on June 12 with their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Go,” and according to guitarist Josh Cain, the band “feels fresh and ready to go.” Following last month’s premiere of lead single “True Romance,” the Minneapolis group is offering a new webisode explaining the origin of the shimmering pop track, as well as a free download of the single. 

In the webisode, Cain explains how he and the rest of the band (singer Justin Pierre, bassist Matt Taylor, drummer Tony Thaxton and keyboardist Jesse Johnson) slowly pieced together what would become the most accessible song on “Go.” “We pulled it up and Matt’s like, ‘Oh wait, I have this little snippet of it that I recorded you on the bus playing acoustic, and then I added a bunch of things to it,'” Cain recalls. “He played it for me, and I was like, ‘Okay, that’s the right energy. That sounds like the song that this should be.'”

Like the creation of “True Romance,” “Go” also came together gradually, with the newly unsigned band (MCS parted ways with Columbia Records after releasing its fourth album, “My Dinosaur Life,” on the major label in 2010) recording during the first half of 2011 and taking a few months to mix the album. “It was kind of a crazy long period, because we were talking to labels and trying to figure out what we wanted to do with it,” Cain tells
After finishing the album and giving multiple labels a preview of the rough mixes, Motion City Soundtrack decided to once again talk to Epitaph, the label that released the group’s first three full-lengths including its debut album, “I Am the Movie,” in 2003. “We finally had our meeting with Epitaph and were like, ‘This is the place we should be. This is our family — there’s way too much history. Let’s go back and put out a record together,” says Cain.
After performing at the Bamboozle fest earlier this month, Motion City Soundtrack will embark on a brief U.S. headlining tour beginning June 14 in San Diego. The group will then head overseas for a slew of dates in Asia this summer before returning for a long headlining trek in the fall.

Motion City Soundtrack’s “Timelines” Lyric Video: Idolator Premiere

Do you ever wonder how you got to here? Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Pierre sets about discovering the answer to that question in “Timelines”, the Minneapolis band’s second single off forthcoming LP Go (out June 12). The upbeat rock cut was made available on iTunes this week, and as an added treat to fans ahead of the holiday weekend, the quartet has whipped together a sepia-toned lyric video — which we’re happy to premiere today!

With the premiere of Motion City Soundtrack’s first single “True Romance” available for download at, comes the kick-off of a star studded week of new content and premieres. Check out a new song, every single day this week, off the upcoming album Go due out June 12th on Epitaph records.

 Here’s where you can find the new music this week: 

Wednesday May 30th – Huffington Post – “Son of a Gun” (song + webisode)
Thursday May 31st – PopMatters – “The Worst is Yet to Come” (song + webisode)

Friday June 1st
– AOL Spinner – “The Coma Kid” (song + webisode)
Motion City Soundtrack will be bringing their new music across the US this summer kicking off a series of headlining tour dates on June 14th in San Diego, CA, be sure to go to the band’s website for more information.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.