R.I.P. Motion City Soundtrack 1997-2016

Time has proven definitively that bands aren’t supposed to last for twenty years. Outside of the usual rock and roll dinosaurs, bands generally can expect a lifespan of roughly two to three years. Motion City Soundtrack, a band that popped as much as they punked, made it to 2016 in a completely respectable way. Unlike their contemporaries in Fall Out Boy and Blink-182, for example, they stayed relatively true to their sound for their entire existence. This is commendable, whether you appreciated their keyboard-laden power chords or not. They appealed generally to the kids who bought their issues of Alternative Press at their local mega mall Hot Topic. This usually would have been the clear decider of a short lifespan, but the band soldiered on.

In the coming days, your friends on Facebook will probably share links to their videos attached with junior and high school memories, and this is OK! Bands are tied intrinsically to our memories, which is why reunion tours are so lucrative. Motion City Soundtrack put out “Panic Stations” last year to general acclaim and announced their breakup without a hint of controversy, so time will tell how they are judged. However, there generally aren’t biographical films made for bands that released six good-to-great albums, shrugged and decided they were done. But that’s OK too! We’ve got a handful of honest-to-goodness pop punk jams, and that should be enough. Listen to some of them below.

Motion City Soundtrack’s message to their fans (via Facebook)

“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 lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead 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/mailing list via our Facebook page 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.”



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Kevin Stairiker is a features writer for Fly. He is a graduate of Temple University and enjoys writing in third person. When he isn't writing, he's probably playing guitar for a litany of bands, reading comics or providing well-needed muscle at The Double Deuce.

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