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Plugging Away: Motion City Soundtrack, The Bar On The Hill, September 2.

Plugging Away: Motion City Soundtrack, The Bar On The Hill, September 2.



Who: Motion City Soundtrack, MxPx
Where: University - Bar on the Hill
When: Friday September 2, 2005

WHEN asked if he was excited about coming to Australia, Motion City Soundtrack guitarist and vocalist Justin Pierre turned the subject to embroidery.

``I have another job where I work as a digitiser for an embroidery company,'' he said.

``It's a family business and my sister went there [Australia] to check out some designs.'' Pierre said he began working at the business at 14 and has been there since, in addition to plugging away at his music career.

``I've known Josh [guitarist and vocalist Joshua Cain ] since high school,'' he said.

``He was in a band and I was in a band and we just kept in contact. When both our bands broke up we got together and 1997 was when we started playing.'' With the additions of Matthew Taylor on bass, piano and vocals, Tony Thaxton on drums and vocals and Jesse Johnson on keyboards and moog, the band ``really came together'' in 2002.

The band, from Minneapolis, released their first album, I Am The Movie, two years ago. It featured the loud anthem The Future Freaks Me Out .

A year on when they were on tour with Blink 182 around Europe and Japan, the boys jumped at the chance when Blink bass player Mark Hoppus spoke about pursuing production work.

``We thought of it almost as a joke,'' Cain recalled.

``But on our last day of the tour I asked him point-blank, `Do you want to produce our record?'.

``When he said `yeah' I was like, `Okay can I get your phone number then'?'' Thus their newest offering, Commit This To Memory, was born.

``I like the tracks Everything Is Alright and Hold Me Down ,'' Pierre said.

``It's basically what has happened in the years between 2003 and 2005.'' Motion City Soundtrack will be playing with support band MxPx at the Bar on the Hill on Friday, September 2.

grown since their debut album, Pierre is to the point. ``I have gained 40 pounds,'' he said. ``I think I have made more mistakes and hopefully I have learned from them.'' Pierre said a lot of inspiration for songs had come from the group's dating qualms. ``A lot of the songs are about girls and how much of a dick I have been to some,'' he said. ``I try to be a nice person and I am seeing someone now and she likes me and I like her.``It's nice to have someone that's there.'' Motion City Soundtrack will be playing with support band MxPx at Newcastle University on Friday, September 2.



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