Motion City Soundtrack have released an exclusive stream of their track “Severance” on Billboard.com today, Oct. 15th! Drexel University’s MAD Dragon Records (MDR) and Motion City Soundtrack are pleased to announce the final release of the Making Moves series, with Motion City Soundtrack releasing two brand new tracks of their own, “Severance” and “Major Leagues”. Making Moves has featured a series of 7-inch releases by emerging artists, produced and curated by the members of Motion City Soundtrack. The Making Moves project is released jointly on MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack’s recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation. Motion City Soundtrack will close out the inspiring series by releasing their Making Moves 7-inch on November 6th, 2012. This release will contain two single tracks on 7-inch vinyl, as well as a bonus track released with the digital package. Check out their track “Severance” on Billboard, here: http://bit.ly/SY9sg3.
In addition, the Making Moves: Special Limited Edition Box Set is now available for pre-order. The box set will include, all six 7″ records including releases The Company We Keep, Brick + Mortar, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Goldrush, The Skies Revolt and the series curator, Motion City Soundtrack. The box set will also include a limited edition Making Movesposter, USB drive with a 90 minute documentary film “The Making of Making Moves”, digital versions of all songs and much more! To purchase the full limited edition box set, please visit: http://bit.ly/U6Wxj2.
Members of Motion City Soundtrack, Justin Pierre (Vocals/Guitar), Joshua Cain (Guitar/Vocals), Jesse Johnson (Keys), Matt Taylor (Bass/Vocals) and Tony Thaxton (Drums/Vocals), produced all of the Making Moves artists’ recordings between November 2011 and January 2012. The sessions took place at Drexel University’s studios in Philadelphia, PA with Drexel’s Music Industry Program alumni and undergraduate students, Lenny Skolnick, Dave Petit and Justin Chapman engineering the sessions. Students from Drexel’s Film & Video program documented the recording process for the documentary “The Making of Making Moves” DVD that is included in the limited edition box set.
The idea for the Making Moves project came together at the annual South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) in March 2011. According to Johnson of MCS, “Last year, I was at SXSW with the band I manage, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Terry Tompkins [Associate Teaching Professor of the Music Industry Program and Managing Director of the Music Industry Program Entities at Drexel University] attended their showcase. Johnson said, “After a few emails and phone calls, the Making Moves project was hatched; it went from simply doing an A Great Big Pile of Leaves seven inch to Motion City Soundtrack curating the series.” Taylor of MCS adds, “I’m hoping that people will be inspired by the collaboration and the many different factions involved with the series. We came together with a common goal of releasing music that we’re excited about. We want those who hear it to share in this excitement with us.”
Motion City Soundtrack’s upcoming release for the Making Moves series, which is supported in part by the Kal & Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies at Drexel University, will consist of two new unique tracks from the pop-rock legends themselves, as well as a bonus cover track. Ed Ackerson at Flowers Recording Studio in Minneapolis, MN did additional engineering and mixing.
Kicking off the 7-inch with “Severance”, Motion City Soundtrack display their un-denied ability to write a catchy pop hit. The track starts out slow and lilting before unexpectedly shifting into a more furious pace-complete with soaring guitar riffs- which shows off the band’s punk roots. This pace is continued in “Major Leagues,” thanks to Thaxton’s swift drumming and Pierre’s careful attention to vocal melodies and intonation. “Major Leagues” attests to Pierre’s ability to write lyrics that are not only meaningful but are sonically pleasing as well. The 7-inch closes with the bands unique rendition of Rilo Kiley’s “Pictures of Success”.
Pierre stated, “It was really fun to team up with and throw around ideas with the Drexel University student engineers, videographers, and A&R.”
Motion City Soundtrack will release their Making Moves 7-inch vinyl and digital download on November 6th, 2012 – pre-order it now at http://bit.ly/SY6Qz1. The limited edition box set will be released on November 20th, 2012 and pre-orders are available now at http://bit.ly/U6Wxj2. MCS will be heading out on a full US fall tour with support from Jukebox The Ghost and Now, Now (tour dates below). For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit: www.MotionCitySoundtrack.com.
For more information on Making Moves, please visit: http://makingmoves.maddragonmusic.com/
02. Major Leagues
03. Picture of Success
Headlining Tour Dates:
* w/Jukebox The Ghost and Now, Now
10/16 Granada Theater Lawrence, KS
10/17 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
10/19 Wilma Theater Missoula, MT
10/20 El Corazon Seattle, WA
10/21 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
10/23 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
10/25 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
10/26 Glass House Pomona, CA
10/27 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
10/29 La Zona Rosa Austin, TX
10/30 House of Blues Dallas, TX
11/1 Beacham Theater Orlando, FL
11/2 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
11/3 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
11/4 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
11/6 Irving Plaza New York, NY
11/8 9:30 Club Washington, D.C.
11/9 Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
11/10 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
11/11 Mr. Smalls Theatre Pittsburgh, PA
11/13 Mod Club Toronto, ON
11/14 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
11/16 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
11/17 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
11/18 Varsity Theater Minneapolis, MN
About MAD Dragon Records
MAD Dragon Records (MDR) is part of Drexel University’s Music Industry Program and has been featured in several hundred newspapers and magazines in the US including CMJ, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Fortune and The New York Times since its inception in 2004. The Associated Press (AP) has syndicated two stories about MAD Dragon, including a feature covering The Redwalls appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. MDR was awarded College Label of the Year by The Independent Music Awards in 2007 and 2008 and received over 21 nominations since 2007. MDR has released over 30 titles including Dreams Don’t Count by critically acclaimed songwriter Jules Shear, the gospel infused roots rock of Hoots & Hellmouth (S/T) and their follow up LP, The Holy Open Secret, Matt Duke’s literate and dynamic debut Winter Child, rockin’ singer-songwriter Andrew Lipke’s The Way Home and sophomore release Motherpearl & Dynamite, The Swimmers indie pop darlings debut Fighting Trees and sophomore effort People Are Soft, Toy Soldiers’ Whisper Down the Lane, hip-hop stylings of Kuf Knotz on Boombox Logic, the majestic folk collaboration between Hezekiah Jones and The Spinning Leaves, Brooklyn electronic duo Pretty Good Dance Moves, the annual Unleashed compilation series (Unleashed 1,2 3, 4, 5, 6 &7) and XYX. MAD Dragon Records is currently distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA/Warner), the largest independent music distributor in the United States.
About the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design:
Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design offers sixteen undergraduate and five graduate programs in media, design and the performing arts. Programs are taught in small studio settings, featuring hands-on learning and an award-winning faculty of industry practitioners who emphasize the use of the latest technologies. Westphal College is home to the Mandell Theater, the Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel’s television (DUTV) and radio (WKDU 91.7 FM) stations, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies, MAD Dragon Records and Drexel’s Historic Costume Collection. Allen Sabinson is the dean of the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. For more information about the College: www.drexel.edu/westphal.
About Drexel University’s Music Industry Program
Housed in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, the Music Industry Program introduces students to the business and technology sides of the industry through a hands-on, entrepreneurial approach. Students enrolled in the Music Industry bachelor’s degreeprogramwill complete part of their course requirements by managing all aspects of the program’s record label, MAD Dragon Records, including production, recording, marketing, copyrights, contracts and distribution.
About Motion City Soundtrack:
Motion City Soundtrack is Justin Pierre (Vox, Guitar), Joshua Cain (Guitar, Vox), Jesse Johnson (Keys), Matt Taylor (Bass, Vox) and Tony Thaxton (Drums, Vox). Motion City Soundtrack has released five (5) albums: 2003’s I Am The Movie (Epitaph); 2005’s Commit This To Memory (Epitaph); 2007’s Even If It Kills Me (Epitaph); 2010’s My Dinosaur Life (Columbia Records); and 2012’s Go (Epitaph). Collectively, sales exceed 700,000 worldwide, and two albums have debuted in the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 charts.
About The Boombox Generation:
The Boombox Generation is the new record label started by Motion City Soundtrack. The first release was a split between Motion City Soundtrack and Trampled By Turtles on limited edition and now sold out blue 7″ vinyl and digital single released in November 2011. The Making Moves series will be the next set of releases scheduled.