Motion City Soundtrack: More Than Going Through The Motions

MANILA, Philippines - It would be the first time the Minneapolis band, Motion City Soundtrack, would set foot in Manila, but while they admit not knowing much about the country, founding member Justin Pierre (lead vocals, guitar) told Bulletin Entertainment, "I really do like to immerse myself in a place and wandering around and observing and I hope I will have a little bit of time to do that."

He even added, "I would really love for people to come up to me and just talk to me ... 'cause I have no idea what the fans are like there; I'm just hoping that if people come they'll like our music and they (would) want to talk to us and we'll certainly be able to be available and we'll hang out."

Although he knows the possibility is slim given tight schedules, such openness has helped the band amass its loyal followers that, in this day and age, still points them to the right direction in the changing musical landscape.

"I think we have been fortunate enough that, despite the fact that we don't sell as many records as we used to, we still have a very solid number of people that come out to see us. So we know that they're hearing the music and they have the music, they just support it in some other way..."

This is what they are expecting come March 9, when they hold their Live In Manila concert at the SM City North Edsa Skydome. The band would get to celebrate with their fans as they perform songs from their albums - from their debut "I Am The Movie," 2004's "Commit To Memory," 2007's "Even If It Kills Me," 2010's "My Dinosaur Life" and last year's "Go" - and perhaps win a few more followers along the way.

Pierre, a self-confessed "old school" music fan, shared, "I think that the natural progression of things is that music is going to eventually be free." He believes people who eventually become real fans would "want to collect" and "buy that stuff" that artists put out. "I think it's just that music has to connect..." so that it would be the "people (that would) get the word out to each other."

He revealed, "About once a month, I go to a local store in Minneapolis called Electric Fetus and I buy a bunch of records that people have either given me or that I've wanted to pick up that I've heard for free. I've been sort of putting my money where my mouth is 'cause I can't expect other people to buy my music if I don't buy music myself. I'm not trying to say you have to do that ... I guess that's just something I do."

As music finds its footing online, and musicians like Pierre and his band are themselves finding their way around social media, there has been quite a major shift in how fans communicate with their favorite artists, and vice versa. "I'm not that old but computers and I don't really get along," Pierre joked.

"Well, there's a lot less mystery about people and I think that I am of an age that I still am not constantly on various social networks but yet I have divulged more of myself out into the universe than the bands that I listen (to), so I'm somewhere in between. I get so lazy it's like sometimes I feel like doing stuff and sometimes I don't."

Although he has opened Tumblr account ("because it's so easy to put in one place and then send it to the others") and admits, "I definitely don't use the sites as well as other people and my wife has been teaching me things," Pierre has definite ideas about how he prefers to spend his time.

"I would just rather be living life and writing songs and finding messages out of that," he pointed out.

Indeed, living for the moment is how Motion City Soundtrack keeps writing music. Although Pierre admitted, "I think for a while in the middle there we just sort of went through the motions," the band is "excited to play music again."

Crediting their latest album "Go" for the spark of renewed inspiration, he happily related, "We've been writing new songs and sending ideas back and forth... We're really excited about the future..."

With "over 50 ideas and, now, even more so," Pierre said a new album may not be too far off in the future. For now, though, the order of the day would be playing for the Manila fans for the first time.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • A biker named 'Stray Dog' postpones Granik's Ozarks exit
    A biker named 'Stray Dog' postpones Granik's Ozarks exit

    NEW YORK (AP) — Debra Granik met Ron "Stray Dog" Hall at a biker church in the Ozarks. …

  • Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 
    Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant 

    Jim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines," Carrey Tweeted. …

  • Sotheby's sees record London contemporary art sale despite Bacon failure
    Sotheby's sees record London contemporary art sale despite Bacon failure

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Warhol's "One Dollar", the first in his dollar bill series, fetched 20.9 million pounds ($32.4 million) at Sotheby's on Wednesday, the top-seller in what the auction house said was its highest ever total sales for an auction of contemporary art in London. "It wasn't the night for that one picture," said Oliver Barker, Sotheby's senior international specialist in contemporary art. Despite the Bacon disappointment, Cheyenne Westphal, Sotheby's co-head …

  • Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape
    Oregon judge denies bail for Journey drummer accused of rape

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing. …

  • Jon Bernthal On Pits & Punisher
    Jon Bernthal On Pits & Punisher

    Pit bulls have found a hero in Jon Bernthal. …

  • Jamaica officials, artists hold reggae conference

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Government officials, lawyers and artists participated in a conference Wednesday to hash over ways of giving Jamaica a competitive advantage from reggae, the homegrown music that long ago went global. …

  • Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man said Wednesday that he was inspired by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage to apply for a marriage license so that he can legally wed his second wife. …

  • Rihanna becomes recording industry's top digital singles artist
    Rihanna becomes recording industry's top digital singles artist

    Grammy-winning R&B singer Rihanna is the first artist to surpass more than 100 million cumulative digital singles, the Recording Industry Association of America said on Wednesday. Rihanna, 27, topped the list of artists with the most digital single awards, coming in ahead of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry in the second and third places respectively. The recording industry's digital single certifications count download sales and on-demand streams in the United States. …

  • Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Celebrity News - Fri, Feb 20, 2015 1:47 AM PHT
    Beyonce's unretouched L'Oreal photos only latest in her long history of Photoshop controvers …

    Beyonce’s #Flawless image is embroiled in controversy once again. On Wednesday, a web site called The Beyonce World leaked 224 allegedly raw photos of the musician. The images showed Bey in full makeup for the 2013 L’Oreal ad campaign — but with the kinds of “imperfections” we all have — beauty marks, bumps, creases. In the wake of Cindy Crawford’s unretouched photos, the images have been praised by critics of a beauty industry that sets impossibly high standards, standards that Queen Bey …

  • Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    omg - Sat, Feb 14, 2015 12:14 AM PHT
    Taylor Swift reveals ‘Style’ video

    The 25-year-old released the video for her third cut from platinum selling album 1989. …

  • My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    Write Away - Wed, Jan 28, 2015 2:29 PM PHT
    My mother-in-law’s personal encounter with the pope

    For my mother-in-law Mrs. Elsa Yrastorza Yuzon, flying and soaring in the skies is part of her normal routine. But it reached new heights when Pope Francis boarded Shepherd One. …