Motion City Soundtrack, one of the biggest Minnesota rock 'n' roll exports in recent memory, is breaking up. The split, announced Friday via the MCS website, isn't definitive but the band says "for now we are done." The synth-y Minneapolis pop-punk favorites will detail plans Monday for “a very special final tour.”
MCS enjoyed a fantastic career since forming in 1997. Propelled by hit single "The Future Freaks Me Out," their debut album, I Am the Movie, was released in 2003 on big-time indie Epitaph Records. That was followed with the Mark Hoppus-produced Commit This to Memory, featuring signature jam "Everything is Alright." The group's fourth LP, My Dinosaur Life, was released on major label Columbia Records in 2010. MCS returned to Epitaph for 2012's Go and last September's Panic Stations (read our review of the latter here).
Unlike many of their pop-punk peers, MCS demonstrated nuanced songwriting, often hitting on themes of mental illness. There were, of course, also those trademark blasts of Moog synth, the electro answer to Yellowcard's fuckin' fiddle. Motion City frontman Justin Pierre premiered his first solo single, “Everything That Hurts," this week on 89.3 the Current's Local Show.
Titled "So Long, Farewell," here's the full breakup notice posted to MCS's website.
It has been a quiet winter for us. We’ve had some time at home after a very busy 2015. With this time, we’ve been able to think about the past, present, and future of Motion City Soundtrack. All of this thinking has lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead us to a very bittersweet realization:
We have no idea what the future holds, but for now we are done.
Needless to say, we’re feeling all the feels — you may be as well. If so, or if you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016.
Please stay tuned for a very special final tour announcement on Monday. You can sign up to our email list HERE to be the first to hear the news. We really hope to see each and every one of you out there one more time.
Thanks for all the love over the years. It really means a lot to us — and it always will.
Josh, Justin, Jesse, Matt, and Tony