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Warped Tour Live Review: Motion City Soundtrack
Written by Melissa Garcia   
Friday, 09 July 2010 01:56

As the bellowing heat, and sweaty bodies piled into main stage, I was beginning to wonder what the hell I was doing in the center of that heat infested smell feast that was the crowd for Motion City Soundtrack. I had known of them from their brief brush with fame when they had their chart topping single, "Everything Is Alright" all over the air, a few years back. As the first band to stomp their feet on the main stage and get the festival started, I was sure glad it was them.

To be honest I didn't know that they would have such a big following, especially because they played their set at 11:00 AM, and there was still a massive line of rockaholics waiting to get in. But the crowd was so hyped, I almost got my nose broken by a short haired and big bodied girl wearing a ripped up neon green shirt (trust me, I could do without that visual); who, while fist pumping the air, knocked her heavy elbow into my nose, without a trace of remorse. With watery eyes and anger swelling in my belly, I decided to focus my attention on Jesse Johnson (the moog synthesizer/keyboard player).

His crafty stage moves, combined with his spirited shouts at the crowd telling them to get louder, he beautifully mended his passion for his music and his fever for the crowd. With his raw merry disposition he showed during the whole performance, there was no doubt that he never took for granted his time on stage. I also got a few laughs during their set, not because of Justin Pierre's (vocals/guitar) savage hair do... or don't, but because of their self-deprecating lyrics that every nerd can stand by.  They even managed to get a pit started, which had me flabbergasted.

They are a pop-rock band after all, and the likeliness of a genre like that getting a pit started, is about the same as Lindsay Lohan's ability to finish her alcohol classes. But no, they didn't stop the flabbergasting there, they had fans crowd surfing and singing the bridges to more than half of their songs, without even saying a word into the mic. Motion City Soundtrack had me dismissing the sweat in my eyes, and the pain in my nose, and even had me block out the green monster in front of me, with their performance. After that, I was up and excited to see what other musical gems lied ahead of me that day. 

Don't underestimate these guys, their live performances just might have YOU moshing with a jolly green giant one day. 

I'm totally not bitter at all. Ha ha ha



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