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Motion City Soundtrack / All-American Rejects / Northstar

Motion City Soundtrack/All-American Rejects/Northstar: live in Rockfordlive in Rockford (2002)
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MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK IS THE BEST UNSIGNED BAND IN AMERICA. I'm not quite sure how to get this through people's skulls, so I figure yelling is as good as anything. So this tour was supposed to include the Reunion Show, but since they got added to a handful of Avail/Hey Mercedes dates, they ha.


MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK IS THE BEST UNSIGNED BAND IN AMERICA.

I'm not quite sure how to get this through people's skulls, so I figure yelling is as good as anything.

So this tour was supposed to include the Reunion Show, but since they got added to a handful of Avail/Hey Mercedes dates, they had to change dates with this tour, playing instead in Rockford on the 20th. I was really worried, as TRS is really big here in Rockford [they've played here I think 4 times in the past 15 months], and none of the other three bands had ever even been inside Rockford's city limits. To make matters worse, the Ten Foot Pole/Bowling For Soup tour was stopping at the PIT Skatepark across town, and our scene is definitely not strong enough to support two shows. So who got the crowd?

This show did, by far.

The Divine Cup is a little coffee shop located in downtown Rockford, and it's main room for shows is very, very tiny and very, very poorly ventilated. When you pack in about 200 people plus 4 bands in there, the temperature rises to, oh, about 95 or so degrees. How would the bands handle it?

The first band were locals Cusack. Their sound is that emotional punk rock style that is all the rage these days - think Taking Back Sunday, the Ghost, and earlier Saves the Day. Unfortunately their set was plagued by false starts, broken strings, and a general lack of preparedness. They have huge potential, though, and don't be surprised if this band goes "straight to the top."

Next up are Triple Crown Records' newest signees, Northstar. They looked like fresh-faced young kids seeing the road for the first time, and it reflected in their sound. They were pretty nervous, but still put together a solid set of emotional pop-punk [think Brand New, Hot Rod Circuit, and Taking Back Sunday]. Their drummer and singer, their biggest faults on recording, both sounded exponentially better in a live setting. I listen to their debut album with even more disdain now, because I *know* the band can sound better. Alas.

Moving on, Dreamworks-via-Doghouse band the All-American Rejects took the "stage" next [I use that term loosely, as the band was pretty much wedged in between the back wall and the front of the crowd on some carpet]. They were the antithesis of Northstar's stage presence - cocky yet graceful, rockstarish yet humble, this band came to "rock Rockford" [good god, as if a band had never said *that* before in Rockford...]. They played a quick eight-song set, all off their debut album, and the crowd was rabid for more. This band had their shit down tight, playing with both a drum machine and a live drummer. Their brand of infectious pop-rock is going to, bluntly, blow the fuck up.

And now, the main event - Motion City Soundtrack. In case you forgot: MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK IS THE BEST UNSIGNED BAND IN AMERICA.

I just wanted to remind you. Anyway, this Minnesota 5-piece began their set with singer Justin's rendition "Back to the Beat," and the band never looked back for the next 45 minutes. Rocking through such oldies as "Capital H" [which, apparently, is being re-recorded for a split CD with Schatzi] as well as tons of stuff off their first proper full length, "I Am The Movie," MCS had the ever-growing crowd in the palm of their hands. As the temperature rose in the room, the band's energy increased with numbers like "Shiver," "Boombox Generation," and "Don't Call It A Comeback," and had the crowd in a complete singalong with "The Future Freaks Me Out." I don't know where all those people in the crowd came from [I know most of them weren't from Rockford], but their energy was incredible.

The band wrapped up their highly sweaty set with "Throwdown," an oldie that hadn't been played in a while. It sounded better than it does on recording, and my jaw dropped once more as the band took it even faster than usual, just blowing me away with their incredibly tight sound.

In a world where Weezer can have *two* tribute albums, a band as good as Motion City Soundtrack should have a record deal. Jump on their bandwagon now, kids, because it will happen sooner or later.

 

 
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Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

i agree totally. motion city soundtrack is by far the best unsigned band...in the world.

Anonymous (December 5, 2003)

i agree totally. motion city soundtrack is by far the best unsigned band...in the world. if they only toured the U.S. hopefully soong

Anonymous (November 13, 2003)

saw AAR n motion city soundtrack in sheffield in England have 2 say i prefered motion city soundtrack quality!

Anonymous (December 7, 2002)

that was a REALLY good show :)

CaptainCrunch (December 7, 2002)

Man I just got the AAR CD in the mail and it is stellar. I had downloaded most of the songs and they were pretty good, but listening to the CD all the way through is much better. An excellent CD

-Captain Crunch

TheBouncingSoul (November 27, 2002)

nah, i dont know you scott, but i do live in rockford....and again, i would've gone to the reunion show, but of course, had to work

xandyx (November 27, 2002)

i thought this show was a great show and want to thank all who came out to see these amazing bands.

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

Motion City Soundtrack sound like a Knee Deep Shag cover band. no originality at all

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

I saw this show in Chicago, all the bands were great but MCS was the tightest. It's wierd there were only like 70 people there.

maverick (November 26, 2002)

To the Bouncing Soul:
Who are you, dude? Do I know you?

Also, did you go to the Reunion Show last Wednesday? It was a good show, the Response killed.

-Scott

TheBouncingSoul (November 26, 2002)

yeah, because most people in rockford just loooove it....idiot

the anonymous guy, not scott

maverick (November 26, 2002)

To the cool anonymous dude 2 comments down:
1. I've never said I wasn't fat. In fact, I proclaim that I'm fat and ugly almost every time I can on this site.
2. Dude, I've *never* said Rockford was cool. Please.
3. I've also never said Vagrant Records was cool. Go take a look at how many of their releases I've bashed in the reviews section.
4. I wish I had some Hot Pockets, I haven't had any of those since I was like 12. That shit would be good right now.

-Scott

TheBouncingSoul (November 26, 2002)

i wish i would've gone scott....i had to work...d'oh

i might go see glasseater in a couple weeks at the divine cup

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

Scott - you are a *fat* loser. You like *shitty* music. Rockford isn't *cool* and neither is Vagrant Records. Lay off the hot pockets.

LongDukDong (November 26, 2002)

I went mainly to see The Reunion Show, but Motion City Soundtrack ended up stealing the show with their great set and fun spazzed out moog player.

WussEmoRock (November 26, 2002)

Lucky, AAR aren't coming to los angeles, and I really wanted to see them on this tour.

*****Wuss-Emo-Rock*****

Anonymous (November 26, 2002)

All-American Rejects rock your ass. Even though all you hateful bastards probably disagree.

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