Motion City Soundtrack, who are about to embark on a six week nation wide headlinng tour, rocked the gym at St. Marys on January 28th. Almost 2000 people attended the show and it was a great success. Before they took the stage, Guitarist Josh Cain and Bassist Matt Taylor stopped by the KSMR radio station for an interview with Neil Olstad and Matt Perkins[your narrator].Neil Olstad
-You guys had a huge year in 2005. What was one moment that just made you say "Wow."
Matt Taylor-Warped Tour. In Chicago we were the last band to play that night, we were scared nobody would stay. We were thinking there would be just a handful of people, but everybody stuck around and it was amazing.
.-I can’t imagine doing that everyday, with the heat and the sun, what is it like doing the entire warped tour?Josh Cain- Its nice because of the thirty minute sets, you are on and off stage. It sucks because it seems like you are touring around the country, its totally different from touring clubs, you never go to the cities, you never see anything, you eat catering everyday and forget what its like to have different food.
.-What would you say is the biggest difference between the new record Commit This To Memory, and your last release I Am the Movie?J.C.-They have different titles. (laughs)
M.T.-We went into this one with a little more time and budget, we wanted it to sound bigger. We wanted to make a big sounding rock record.
J.C.-We didn’t have the capabilities originally. I Am the Movie was recorded before we signed to Epitaph, and we didn’t spend much money on it. This time we wrote songs we knew were going to be on a record.
M.T.-This time was the first record where we all contributed to the writing.
-Did you have any trouble with the record label as far as what songs went on the record?J.C.-Epitaph is very band friendly. We are our biggest critics, before anybody else tells us we cant put a song on a record, its probably ourselves.
.-What would you say is the overall theme to Commit This To Memory?J.C.-Justin (lead singer/guitarist) has a knack of forgetting things, and there are a lot of references to memory on the record. The theme of ‘all you are are memories.'
.-What were some of your favorite albums that came out last year?J.C.- I really liked the new Death Cab album
.-Do you think you listen to more or less music when you are out touring?J.C.-When we used to drive the van, we would listen to a ton of music.
M.T.-Now that we are in the bus, we just sleep when we are rolling, then we wake up at the club and kinda hang out.
J.C.-Yeah, there’s not as much downtime anymore.N.O
.-So it’s TOTALLY different touring in a van from touring in a bus?J.C.- A WORLD of difference. In the van you have all this time to kill, in the bus there’s no time to kill. It’s a normal day, you go to bed in your bed, and you wake up in the next city. It’s very weird.
.-If money and reason was no object, what band would you like to share a bill with for a tour? Build your own tour.J.C.-The Pixies and Ben Folds
M.T.-I would bring back the Refused.
J.C.-I bet you every refused fan likes the Pixies.N.O
.-What do you guys think about file sharing?M.T.-I was taught that it’s always nice to share.
J.C.-We wouldn’t be where we are without file-sharing. We wouldn’t have gotten anywhere without file sharing, we wouldn’t have gotten signed, and we wouldn’t have done any of this stuff we've done without it. We know its going to happen, there’s nothing we can do about it. I’m not gonna get mad at somebody for doing it. But with our next record we are going to be more tight about it. Because our last record got out months ahead of time and I think it affected our initial hit. I mean it was great, but it could have been better.
. -The band just had two huge performance on TV, first on Late Night with Conan O'Brien
and the next on Jimmy Kimmel Live, what is it like to play shows like that?J.C.- It was a lot of fun, we got to meet celebrities and stuff. The bigger we get we start to realize that these people that you put up on pedestals are just normal people. The interesting thing was with our performance on Conan, was that while we were performing, the pro tools computer crashed, so we had to do it again afterwards without the audience there, so what you saw on that show was actually two performances edited together.
M.T.-We were really happy with the first performance and then they were like "hey guys you gotta do it again!"
.- You spent most of 2005 touring, what can we look forward to in 2006 from the band?M.T.- Touring!
J.C.- Headline tour this spring, then we are doing the MTV Campus Invasion tour with Hellogoodbye and Straylight Run, off to Japan and Australia later in the spring, then finally doing the entire Warped Tour this summer. Maybe in August we will have some free time. It’s weird when your whole year is planned out for you.
M.T.-I kinda like it.
photo cred: lincoln scully