Motion City Soundtrack - Back to the Beat
When was the last time you heard a band on CD that sounded like they
were just having a good time? I know it's been a while for me. But
that dry spell stops right now with Motion City Soundtrack. Motion
City Soundtrack is just that -- a soundtrack for doing fun things.
They have a great singer, fantastic hooks, and an all-around *fun*
sound. The overall vibe is that of the Get Up Kids, but it's not too
obvious -- yes, MCS does use keyboards and the singer has the same sort
of high-pitched voice, but it's not too derivative. This all-too-short
CDEP kicks off with "Capital H," a ridiculously poppy number which will
have you singing "I'll be back tomorrowwww..." in your sleep. "Throw
Down" keeps the fun going with a strong guitar part and rollicking drums.
"The Here Away" is the most ballad-ish of the 5 songs, but the best part
about it is that it's less than 2 and a half minutes, so before it gets
too sappy it ends. "Opening Night" has some slightly off-key vocals in
the chorus, but it's forgivable since the song itself is so damn good.
"Back To The Beat" finishes off the CD with just vocals and guitar for a
short minute, followed up by a distorted drumbeat closing the song. The
whole CD clocks in at under 12 minutes, but what a wonderful 12 minutes
those are. This is a band I am now dying to see live. If they can sound
like they're having this much fun on recording, who knows how good they
are in front of a crowd? I for one, intend to find out, and I hope you
decide to, as well. Motion City Soundtrack has all the working parts to
become huge, so keep an eye on them.
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