Motion City Soundtrack announces indefinite hiatus

No guys, everything isn’t alright.

After being a band for almost 20 years, Motion City Soundtrack has announced that they will be breaking up. On Friday (March 11), the Minnesota-based band took to social media to announce the heartbreaking news. Their post on Twitter simply had the words “So Long, Farewell” and a link to a website. The link was a direct passage to the band’s Tumblr account which featured a letter to fans about the break up.

In the letter, they revealed that the plan to break up came after wrapping up their busy touring schedule late last year in support of 2015’s Panic Stations. In that time, they thought about the direction of the band and always came to the same conclusion; they weren’t sure in what direction the band was going. Instead of latching on in hopes of eventually figuring that question out, they decided it would be better to call it a day.

But instead of leaving their fans sad about the hiatus, Motion City did announce that they will head out on one final tour. “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,” the band writes. Those final, upcoming tour dates will reportedly be announced this Monday, March 14. For now, you can read the band’s letter and in honor of their hiatus, watch the music video for “Everything is Alright.”

Hello, friends.

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 led to several conversations, and these conversations have led 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

Listen to Motion City Soundtrack’s ‘Panic Stations’

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A week after giving their fans the chance to listen to Panic Stations, their sixth studio album, in full on Pandora, Motion City Soundtrack has now officially released the new record worldwide. In addition to the album being out to the public, the band is also allowing those who have not received the album yet (or are nowhere near their copy), to listen the record on Spotify. Listen to Panic Stations below which includes previously released tracks “TKO” and “Lose Control.”

In support of the new record release, Motion City will be hitting the road this fall. The tour will find the Minnesota group hitting the road alongside The Wonder Years, You Blew It!, and State Champs. The complete list of tour dates can be seen below while tickets to the shows are currently on sale.

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK/THE WONDER YEARS FALL 2015 TOUR DATES:

Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Nov 02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Nov 06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Nov 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov 20 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Pandora Premieres Motion City Soundtrack’s ‘Panic Stations’

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Motion City Soundtrack’s new album isn’t set to hit store until next Friday, but now, the band is giving fans the chance to listen to their impending record a week early. For the next week, Panic Stations, the Minnesota band’s sixth studio album will be available for streaming over on Pandora as part of their Pandora Premiere segment. Panic Stations will feature lead single “TKO” and “Lose Control” which can be heard here.

In support of the new album, Motion City Soundtrack will be heading out on the road alongside The Wonder Years, You Blew It!, and State Champs. The complete list of upcoming fall tour dates can be seen below.

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK/THE WONDER YEARS FALL 2015 TOUR DATES:

Oct 17 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 18 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 20 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Oct 22 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre
Oct 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
Oct 24 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Oct 27 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Oct 28 – Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
Oct 30 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
Nov 02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
Nov 03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Nov 05 – Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Nov 06 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Nov 07 – San Diego, CA @ Soma
Nov 10 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
Nov 11 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 13 – Columbia, MO @ The Blue Note
Nov 14 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
Nov 16 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Nov 18 – Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 19 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution Live
Nov 20 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 21 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Nov 23 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
Nov 24 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 27 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Panic Stations will officially become available next Friday, Sept. 18 through Epitaph Records. Pre-orders for the album are still ongoing, so if you’re digging the new album, head on over to Motion City Soundtrack’s website. For those who pre-order the album on iTunes, they will receive an instant download of both “TKO” and “Lose Control.”

Motion City Soundtrack “Lose Control” with New Song

It’s official, Motion City Soundtrack’s new album is titled Panic Stations.

Days after a screenshot of a magazine ad began making its rounds on the internet confirming the name of Motion City’s sixth studio album as well as its release date and the record label, the band has finally confirmed the news.

This morning (Aug. 3), the band took to Twitter to announce that they had plans to reveal everything about the new album as soon as the clock stuck 9 a.m. Turns out, most of the news that they were unveiling was stuff that we already knew, but they did throw fans a curveball by releasing the second single off from Panic Stations; a track titled “Lose Control.”

“Lose Control” is currently being streamed over at The Current or you can listen to it below.

While being interviewed by The Current for the article the song is featured on, frontman Justin Pierre was asked about the direction of the new album. In a twist, the band had decided that they would try to capture the essence of their live show on the record.

“Even fans have said we sound better live than we do on record,” said Pierre. “So we decided to try it and capture that kind of feeling.”

In order to get the sound that they wanted, they enlisted producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Walt Mink, Sonic Youth) to help with the album. Agnello suggested that the band record the tracks for the album live, something that the band had never done before and it sounds like it will be working in their favor.

Panic Stations is set to be released on Sept. 18 through Epitaph Records.

Pre-orders for the album are currently available on the band’s website where they are selling colored vinyl, CDs, and other limited items. For those who decide to pre-order the record via iTunes, they will get an instant download of both “Lose Control” and lead single, “TKO.”

As of now, there has been no confirmation about that joint tour with The Wonder Years, though we see it happening since everything else that was on the ad had been proven as true.

Motion City Soundtrack’s New Album Info Leaked?

Motion City Soundtrack have been quiet when it comes to the information concerning their brand new album. After repeatedly being asked about the record by fans for what felt like a year, the group finally revealed that they were in fact working on a new record, though it took months for them to reveal it was due out this Fall.

But, all the secrecy may have just backfired on them. Last night (July 29) Absolute Punk reported that an ad in a magazine may have just revealed a lot of information about the new album.

According to the advertisement, the group’s sixth studio album will be titled Panic Stations and is set to be released on Sept. 28 through Epitaph Records.

In addition the album title and release date, the ad also claims that Motion City will be hitting the road this Fall with The Wonder Years in support of the new record. The joint tour would be fitting since The Wonder Years’ new album, No Closer to Heaven, is set to be released on Sept. 2 and their in-store acoustic tour wraps up on Sept. 10 in Boston.

Check out the advertisement below.

Motion City Leak

As of now, the band has not confirmed nor denied the ad’s claims. We checked Twitter as we are writing this, and there seems to be nothing but re-tweets from their show last in Toronto.

Panic Stations will be the follow-up to 2012’s Go. Last month, Motion City released “TKO,” the lead single from Panic Stations. In a twist, the audio for the song, very much like the album info, was leaked on Tumblr a day before it was set to make its official debut.

Motion City Soundtrack are currently in the middle of the second leg of their “Commit This to Memory Tenth Anniversary Tour” with The Spill Canvas and Sorority Noise.