Motion City Soundtrack
Commit This To Memory (2005)
Sam Eynon


An album of pop punk perfection. They released their first album, I Am the Movie, in 2003. Mark Hoppus, of Blink 182, was so blown away when he heard it that he took them on Blink’s 2004 European tour. Motion City Soundtracks’s guitarist Joshua Cain went on to ask Hoppus to produce their next album, Commit This To Memory. Lead singer Justin Pierre’s lyrics aren’t your average pop punk lyrics. They are shot through with self loathing, anger and a sense of loss.The album starts with Attractive Today, a song that at under two minutes long, comes up and smacks you in the face with all these emotions, summed up by the final lines “i am wrecked, I am overblown, I’m also fed up with the fucking common cold. I Just want to feel alive for the first time in my life, I just want to feel attractive today” There are also many references to Pierre’s struggles with alcohol and drug abuse, the bands next and third album, was the first he wrote while completely sober. Commit This To Memory is characterised by catchy hooks, clever lyrics, and the Moog synthesizer, played by Jesse Johnson, who joined only three weeks before the recording of their first album and in this time taught himself how to play it.

Sounds like: Say Anything, Taking Back Sunday, The Matches
Stand out track: Everything Is Alright
Rating: 10/10

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