Minneapolis pop punk outfit Motion City Soundtrack recently kicked off one of the fall’s hottest tours; a co-headline effort with rising stars The Wonder Years. On Tuesday night, the tour made it’s 3rd stop, at The Palladium in Worcester, MA. Fans of both bands lined the streets outside the venue, hours in advance
For Motion City Soundtrack 2015 has been a very busy year, the group began the year on an anniversary tour for their 2005 break out album “Commit This to Memory.” Over the summer they made limited appearances on the 2015 VANS Warped tour. Later in the year they released their sixth studio album, “Panic Stations” via Epitaph Records and set out on the road in support of that.
On Tuesday Motion City Soundtrack began their set by walking out to the audio from the recently released “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer. They began their set with the song “Anything at All” from their new album, giving fans a taste of their current flavor, before going the opposite direction and playing perhaps their most commercially well known song “Everything is Alright” and fan favorite track “L.G. Fuad” – short for Let’s Get Fucked Up and Die.
The group would go as far back in their discography as their debut album “I Am the Movie” as they played two songs from it. “The Future Freaks Me Out” and the set closing “My Favorite Accident” tested the hardcore MCS fans in the crowd, some of whom were up to the challenge, singing along or crowd surfing to even the oldest material that was played.
Frontman Justin Pierre proved why he’s still one of the most respected vocalists in the genre after over a decade, doing a great job of commanding the crowd and superb musicianship as the show went on. During The Wonder Years’ set, their frontman Dan Campbell took a minute to tell the crowd how much Motion City had influenced them over the years.