Review and photos by Kaila Turck
Day one of three of sold out Motion City Soundtrack shows at the brand new Fillmore Minneapolis, and it was packed. They brought their tour “Don’t Call It a Comeback” through Minneapolis on Saturday February 15th 2020. This obviously makes sense because Motion City Soundtrack was born in Minneapolis and broke-up briefly in 2016.
Singer-songwriter Justin Pierre and guitarist Joshua Cain formed the band in 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band signed with Epitaph Records in the early 2000’s after they recorded their debut album, ‘I Am the Movie’. The band grew increasingly more popular with the release of their second album ‘Commit This to Memory’, which peaked at number 2 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart.
The band gave tribute to Ed Ackerson, who was a longtime friend and helped produce some of their work with them. He unfortunately passed away in October of 2019. Throughout the night the Fillmore played other pop-punk genred bands that went along with a Motion City show. Everyone would sing along to each song in anticipation of Motion City’s set. Looking through the crowd I could tell that everyone else was about the same age as me and listened to them throughout high school. This was a night to reminisce about the ‘good old days’ and breathe in some nostalgia.
I’ve seen Motion City Soundtrack a bunch of times, Warped Tour, headlining, and opening for bands. They have not let their break make them any less entertaining. Watching them brought back many memories and you could feel it from everyone else in the crowd. Shows like this are ones where everyone sings at the top of their lungs and feels like they’re at home.