The members of Motion City Soundtrack came to a sobering realization when they were out on the road last fall.
"We were on this really great tour, things were going well, and looking around at each other we all felt beat," frontman Justin Pierre says by phone from Omaha, Neb. "Just constantly doing this for 16 years straight, we realized that what we needed as to NOT be on tour all the time and NOT be gone all the time."
That's the reason Pierre and the Minneapolis rock troupe have launched their So Long, Farewell Tour this year. The group, with original drummer Tony Thaxton back in the lineup, will be out until September, and Pierre promises it's no meres stunt to bring more fans out.
"It's a hard decision to come to, but I think it's just what we need right now," explains Pierre, 40. "It sucks because our livelihood, our identity, is all kind of wrapped out in touring.To not tour, it means a lot of different things that need to come with it. We just have to figure out what that means for us moving forward in our lives."
MCS leaves a legacy of six studio albums, and Pierre says there's material around, both unused for those releases and written since last year's "Panic Stations." MCS' intent is to stop touring, but that leaves the door open for more recording if the band members wish.
Pierre, however, isn't ready to hazard a guess about what will happen.
"We haven't really defined what it is other than we're not gonna tour anymore," he says. "I don't know what that means in every other aspect of Motion City or what we're gonna do. We're all just really living in the moment, trying to have this one last experience and sort of letting it happen and trying to really be there in the moment and enjoy it.
"It's a bittersweet thing. I feel like we try to keep it fun and upbeat and lively. It's not like we go out and depress...the crowd -- although I think some of the songs do that for themselves. But we're mostly trying to make it as good a time as we can, for them and for us."
Motion City Soundtrack and Baggage
Sunday, June 5. Door open at 7 p.m.
The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.
Tickets are $39.50 and $29.50.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.
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