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Interview:
Motion City Soundtrack Joins The Major Label Ranks
 

By GARY GRAFF
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Motion City Soundtrack makes its move from the indie ranks to the major labels with “My Dinosaur Life,” the Minneapolis modern rockers’ fourth album, which came out last week.

It’s a, well, major change, but frontman Justin Pierre reports that things are so far, so good.

“I really feel like the music industry has changed a lot since I was a 14-year-old boy,” notes Pierre, who’s now 33. “At that age, I viewed major labels as the devil — and they could’ve been, you know? But our experience has been really awesome. They’re very artist friendly.

“I also know this is our fourth record; we’re not 17-year-old boys making our first record. I feel like they would’ve interfered more if we had been younger and hadn’t put out as many records and done as well as we’ve done. There’s so many factors, but right now I’m not gonna question it. We’re totally, 100 percent satisfied.”

“My Dinosaur Life” also brought the group back together with blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, who produced its 2005 album “Commit This to Memory.” Pierre says Motion City Soundtrack initially went to Hoppus looking for referral for another producer, but a couple of factors — including drummer Tony Thaxton breaking his arm, which pushed the recording dates back — made it possible for Hoppus himself to jump back in.

“Mark seemed to be the right fit for what we need,” Pierre explains. “He’s really good at knowing when to fix things and when to leave things alone. There’s some guys who could go in and rip everything apart and change everything ‘cause they want to put their print on it. Mark doesn’t have that sort of ego. It’s not about him; it’s about the band and the songs.

“He’s also a very intelligent and quick producer. We’ve done two records with him now, and I feel like he just allows the band to be itself. You can’t ask for more than that.”



Motion City Soundtrack, Set Your Goals, The Swellers and This Providence perform Friday (Jan. 29) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 with a $60 four-pack. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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