ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Motion in our city
By Dan Bowyer
Minneapolis synth-dorks Motion City Soundtrack hit The Embassy
tonight along with Rufio and Northstar. The Gazette had a chance
to ask MCS frontman Justin Pierre a few questions prior to
How did Motion City Soundtrack come together as a band?
Josh, our guitar player and I have been friends for a long
time and we started the band in 1997. We have been through
a lot of member changes, but have had a constant line-up for
the last year and a half.
Why did the band choose to sign with Epitaph Records?
They are amazing! We went out to Los Angeles to play some
label showcase shows and the people at Epitaph came to every
one. They have shown great interest in our music and give us
How has Motion City Soundtrack's rapid rise to prominence
affected the band?
We are way busier than we have ever been. Tours are longer;
we are on the road full time now.
How does Motion City Soundtrack differ from the plethora of
other "Hey, our band uses a moog, please think we're cool" bands
that are out there?
We are a bit older than those bands and our influences are
different. For example, we love the second Rentals album.
How was working with famed producer Ed Rose on your latest
album, I Am The Movie?
Amazing! He will tell you if you really suck; he gave us direction
and pushed us to excel.
How do you feel about the way I Am The Movie is faring on
We are all very happy. We are able to tour constantly now.
Our hope now is just to be successful enough to put out another
What is the goal of Motion City Soundtrack's live show?
Just to put on a good and entertaining show. We do not want
to be boring.
What do you think of people using the "E" word (Emo) to describe
It is kind of like how a bunch of bands from Seattle in the
early '90s sounded nothing like each other, but they all dressed
the same way so people called them Grunge. Emo doesn't really
have a meaning, because it means something different for everyone.
What does Motion City Soundtrack like to do when not on tour?
The other guys all have girlfriends, so that's who they spend
their time with. I like to write screenplays. Hopefully I'll
be able to shoot a movie at some point.