Metro Times Blowout 17 Review Part III: Motion City Soundtrack

While my desire to be there for every band that played on my second MTB night was strong, I still couldn’t get myself out before Motion City Soundtrack took the stage at The Loving Touch in Ferndale. It was part exhaustion from the night before, part getting over a cold, and just a little bit of getting older that kept me home lounging around. Had it not been for Motion City Soundtrack coming into town, I probably would have just called it an early night but there was no way I was going to miss one of my favorite bands.

The last time I was lucky enough to catch Motion City Soundtrack was 3 years ago when they did the limited 4 Albums, 2 Nights tour and made a stop in Detroit. It’s still one of my favorite concert experiences to date and I couldn’t wait to see these guys again. Their name being added to the MTB roster was basically my deciding factor in picking up a wrist band for the weekend.

I was happy to see that there was plenty of room at The Loving Touch when we got there for me to find a good spot. I’ve seen MCS a few times now, but never in such an intimate venue. I happened to notice Matt Taylor talking to some fans by the merch table as I walked by, a reminder that the guys have always been great at interacting with their fans. I’ve been able to chat with Justin Pierre at a few shows, including a lengthy conversation about horror movies when I saw his other band, Farewell Continental, play the Pike Room a few years ago.

We made our way up to the edge of the crowd to get a better view once MCS started their sound check. The crowd was buzzing with excitement, me in particular. The set was kicked off with “Attractive Today” and the small audience sang along at the top of their lungs. Motion City Soundtrack always makes sure to pack their setlist with fan favorites both new and old making for an incredible show every time.

The guys were their usual balls of energy and provided great banter with each other and the crowd. Just about every one of my favorite songs were played including “L.G. Fuad”, “The Future Freaks Me Out” and even a great cover of The PIxies’ “Where is My Mind”. It’s been a while since I’ve been to a show where I knew every word to every song and, as much as I have enjoyed checking out new bands, it was a great reminder of why I love to see my favorite bands live.

As usual, the night was over way too soon but I knew it couldn’t go on forever. Justin noted that they didn’t live that far from Detroit, and that they could come out to MTB every year (hint hint Metro Times). He also made sure to thank everyone for supporting live music, especially all of the local bands that had filled the roster of each venue. I was definitely left both exhausted and wanting more and have basically been listening to Motion City Soundtrack ever since. I can’t wait for the new album and a new tour that will hopefully be coming sooner rather than later.

Don’t forget to check out Parts I featuring YUM and The HandGrenades and II featuring Tunde Olaniran and Flint Eastwood of our Metro Times Blowout Review.