Boys Like Girls have been tapped to open for the All-American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format starting on December 1st. The band will also be joining Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia, and Over It on the road for the month of November. You can find the tour dates below.
Oct 11 2006 7:00P
Bogart’s w/Lostprophets Cincinnati, OH
Oct 12 2006 8:30P
PennState University – Free Acoustic Show! College Town, PA
Oct 13 2006 7:30P
Crocodile Rock Cafe w/Lostprophets Allentown, PA
Oct 14 2006 8:00P
The Chance w/Lostprophets Poughkeepsie, NY
Oct 15 2006 7:30P
Northern Lights w/Lostprophets Clifton Park, NY
Oct 16 2006 6:30P
Stone Pony w/Lostprophets Asbury Park, NJ
Oct 18 2006 7:00P
Showplace Theatre Buffalo, NY
Oct 19 2006 8:00P
The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
Oct 21 2006 8:30P
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
Nov 4 2006 8:00P
School of Rock w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It S. Hackensack, NJ
Nov 5 2006 8:00P
Webster Underground w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia, and Over It Hartford, CT
Nov 6 2006 5:00P
The ICC w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Allston, MA
Nov 7 2006 8:00P
Village Pub w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Amityville, NY
Nov 8 2006 8:00P
The Ottobar w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Baltimore, MD
Nov 9 2006 8:00P
The Championship w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Lemoyne, PA
Nov 10 2006 8:00P
The Harmony Grange w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Wilmington, DE
Nov 11 2006 8:00P
The Masquerade w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Atlanta, GA
Nov 12 2006 8:00P
Greene Street w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Greensboro, NC
Nov 14 2006 8:00P
Sector 7G w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Augusta, GA
Nov 15 2006 8:00P
The Backbooth w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Orlando, FL
Nov 16 2006 8:00P
Culture Room w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 17 2006 7:00P
Fuel Coffeehouse w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Jacksonville, FL
Nov 18 2006 8:00P
1982 Bar w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Gainesville, FL
Nov 20 2006 8:00P
Walter’s on Washington w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Houston, TX
Nov 21 2006 7:00P
Stubbs Bar-B-Que w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Austin, TX
Nov 22 2006 8:00P
The Door w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Dallas, TX
Nov 24 2006 8:00P
Skrappy’s w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Tucson, AZ
Nov 25 2006 8:00P
The Sets w/ Spitalfield, Punchline, Valencia and Over It Tempe, AZ
Dec 1 2006 6:00P
iPayOne Center w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format San Diego, CA
Dec 2 2006 7:00P
Gibson Amphiteatre w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Universal City, CA
Dec 4 2006 5:30P
Event Center @ San Jose w/The All American Reject, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format San Jose, CA
Dec 6 2006 5:30P
Quest Field Event Center w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Seattle, WA
Dec 8 2006 6:00P
Salt Air Theatre w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Magna, UT
Dec 9 2006 6:00P
Salt Air Theatre w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Magna, UT
Dec 10 2006 5:30P
The Fillmore Auditorium w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Denver, CO
Dec 12 2006 7:00P
Uptown Theatre w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Kansas City, MO
Dec 15 2006 6:00P
The Eagles Ballroom w/The All American Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack and The Format Milwaukee, WI
Dec 16 2006 6:00P
Roy Wilkins Auditorium River Centre w/ The All American Rejects Saint Paul, MN
Dec 18 2006 5:30P
Eastern MI Convocation Ctr. w/ The All American Rejects Ypsilanti, MI
Dec 19 2006 5:00P
Arragon Ballroom w/ The All American Rejects Chicago, IL
Dec 20 2006 5:30P
Assembly Hall – University of Illinois w/ The All American Rejects Champaign, IL
Motion City Soundtrack will be heading out on the road this fall with The All-American Rejects, The Format, Gym Class Heroes, and The Starting Line. The tour will kick off Oct. 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and will wrap up Dec. 19 in Chicago.Tour-Nado tour dates:
10/27, Poughkeepsie, NY (Mid-Hudson Civic Center)
10/28, New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom)
10/29, New York, NY (Hammerstein Ballroom)
11/1, Lowell, MA (Tsongas Arena)
11/3, Asbury Park, NJ (Convention Hall)
11/4, Camden, NJ (Tweeter Center)
11/6, Rochester, NY (Blue Cross Arena)
11/7, Mississauga, ON (Arrow Hall)
11/9, Fairfax, VA (Patriot Center)
11/11, Jacksonville, FL (Veterans Memorial Arena)
11/13, Orlando, FL (UCF Arena)
11/14, Tampa, FL (USF Sun Dome)
11/15, Coral Gables, FL (University of Miami Convocation Center)
11/17, Duluth, GA (The Arena at Gwinnett Center)
11/24, Houston, TX (Relient Arena)
11/25, San Antonio, TX (Freeman Coliseum)
11/28, Phoenix, AZ (Dodge Theatre)
12/1, San Diego, CA (ipayOne Center)
12/2, Universal City, CA (Gibson Amphitheatre)
12/3, San Jose, CA (Event Center)
12/6, Seattle, WA (Quest Field Event Center)
12/8, Magna, UT (Salt Air Theater)
12/9, Magna, UT (Salt Air Theater)
12/10, Denver, CO (The Fillman Auditorium)
12/15, Milwaukee, WI (The Eagles Ballroom)
12/16, Saint Paul, MN (Roy Wilkins Auditorium)
12/18, Ypsilanti, MI (Eastern Michigan Convocation Center)
12/19, Chicago, IL (Aragon Ballroom)
Check out an interview with Motion City Soundtrack from this years warped tour here.
Of all summer festivals, Warped Tour has always been the best bang for your buck. Twenty three dollars for 30+ bands is ridiculously awesome. Too bad Ticketmaster likes to stab at our wallets. “Convenience” charges and service fees aside, Warped is still your best ticket of the summer, and maybe even the year.
The sun was already high in the air and there wasn’t a rain cloud in sight over the Starwood Ampitheater in Nashville, TN. The parking lot was filling up as street punks, older Warped vets, and the Myspace generation made their way to the gates.
While walking around, the smell of hairspray hung in the air, as most kids didn’t anticipate sweating it all out for the day. I made a quick sweep of the layout, because every date’s differs according to the setup of the venue.
After learning it was almost time for Gym Class Heroes, I made my way to their stage. That band never ceases to amaze me, and with the addition of a synth player, their live sound is even better.
After Gym Class, I walked around a bit before checking out Dayton, TN’s Radio Fix. I’d been wanting to see the band live for a while and they delivered.
I left The Radio Fix to catch the first of Saves the Day’s set. Legends in this scene, it was amazing to see true masters at work.
I hopped over to the Myspace tent to check out a little acoutic Gym Class Heroes. MC Travis McCoy dropped some spoken word that was quite incredible to experience.
I then got into the second row, eagerly anticipating theAcademyIs…, however, the heat was starting to take its toll. Coupled with the headache I was developing due to the fourteen year olds freaking out because TAI is so “hawt,” I was near the point of blacking out. I took off before they started for some shade while still being able to listen to them.
After a nice turkey sandwich for lunch, I watched Greeley Estates with a friend and was pleasantly surprised at how tight they were.
I went from Greeley to Rookie of the Year, which is quite a dynamic change in sound. I didn’t stick around long, because I wanted a good spot for Motion City Soundtrack.
The sun was slowly, and I stress slowly, trying to go down, but still loomed over the crowd as MCS took the stage. Never a band to disappoint, they had the entire crowd singing along. Unfortunately, they also had the teenagers moshing. Let’s not forget the crowd surfers. Mostly between the ages of 13 and 16, it would be the first time a lot of these girls were held in the arms of a man: a security guard.
Just staying at the same stage and waiting it out, I got up front and center for Paramore. They have never put on a bad show in Nashville, and they continued their streak. Frontwoman Hayley Williams may be small, but she knows how to command a crowd better than a lot of bands headlining this tour for multiple years. The Farro brothers both played their respectful instruments with the efficiency of seasoned professionals. Bass player Jeremy grooved along to the tunes and threw in an acrobatic cartwheel over Josh’s back. Guitarist Hunter Lamb rounded out the lineup to help deliver one of the best sets of the day.
As soon as Paramore ended, I walked all the way across the grounds to catch the most underrated band today: Spitalfield. Mixing songs from their first two Victory LPs and throwing in a song from their forthcoming album, Spitalfield played a set of pop songs solid enough to make Fall Out Boy jealous.
And so ended my day at the Warped Tour. I left with a bag full of free swag, a headache, and the sunburn from Hell. It was a blast.
At this year’s Warped Tour Chicago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt the bassist of Motion City Soundtrack. I’d like to thank Vizion Jones for setting this up. I’d also, of course, like to thank Matt who was as nice and accomodating as physically possible and for taking time out of his busy day.
Joe: When did you guys start as Motion City and how did you guys all come together as a band?
Matt: I didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t actually join until 2002 but Josh and Justin have been playing together since about late Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½97, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½98. They used to play in different bands in the Minneapolis- St. Paul area and eventually Josh recruited him because he liked his voice so they started playing together and they had a different bass player and drummer. They toured with a kind of revolving door of members for awhile then 2002 rolled around and they lost their drummer and they asked Tony and he finally said, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½yesÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. Then six months after that I joined, well Tony and Jesse joined together, sorry ha ha ha. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s a little confusing because I wasnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t really there.
J: So youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re the latecomer into the band?
M: Yeah IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½m the last one to join.
J: How did you come to fit into this whole thing?
M: Tony and I were in an old band together in Virginia, after he moved from Michigan itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s so confusing. We went on tour and met Motion City Soundtrack in Milton, Pennsylvania and played a show together where we became friends. We stayed in touch for a couple years and they remembered playing with him (Tony) and really liked him so they talked him into joining and then six months later I joined too.
J: Cool, so do they treat you like the baby of the group since youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re the last one in or is it prettyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
M: Nah not really itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s pretty equal for everyone.
J: So were you around for Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½I Am the MovieÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½?
J: Did you play on that one?
M: The thing is they recorded it probably two months before I joined so there was another bass player on there. Then we got signed to Epitaph and Epitaph put that recording out but we went back in and I rerecorded all the bass and added some parts to for legal reasons, you know to get me on the record. So that is me on there now.
J: The new record Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Commit This To MemoryÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ which I think is just unbelievable. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s one of my favorite cds of the year by far. You and Fall Out Boy are like one-two back and forth
M: Thank you
J: How do you feel that cd compares to the old one? I mean itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the same sound but itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s so different as well.
M: Well first we wanted to go in and just make a huge sounding record. We just wanted to, you know, when you crank it itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s just huge. First of all Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½I Am the MovieÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ was probably four years worth of songs saved up over a long time that they finally put out on a record. This record was a yearÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s worth of songs. Half of which were probably written three to four weeks before they were recorded when we went to LA to rehearse. This one, I feel itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s like Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½I Am the MovieÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ with a few added things we didnÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t do before. For instance instead of having singing constantly, constant vocals, we decided to stretch it out and have more instrumental parts and layering on some pianos and pretty you know..
J: Yeah arena-ish
M: Yeah, yeah and we added a lot of backup vocals thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s kind of my guilty pleasure. I just love harmonies and choruses to make them sound bigger.
J: Is that you on the backups then?
J: ha ha nice
M: ha ha yeah thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s what it was to me the differences between the two. We just kind of went in and paid more attention to detail.
J: So itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s produced by Mark Hoppus. How was it working with him?
M: It was awesome no complaints whatsoever. HeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s just a super cool guy. Very funnyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
M: Yeah heÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s just like heÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s portrayed. But heÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s also very laid back which you donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t see much on tv. HeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s always making jokes but heÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s also very chill.
J: What advice did he have for you on this album? Like how was his expertise used on the record?
M: He has a really good pretty sharp ear for timing and pitch and things like that which is great. ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the kind of stuff when youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re playing your parts you donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t want to be like focused in on those tiny little things that are going to effect your playing and your experience. So IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll play a part and be like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Hey thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s pretty goodÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ and heÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½d be like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Oh, itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s too neat. Oh itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s not locked in enough so try it againÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. Also with the vocal thing with the stretching it out and letting the music breathe part that was pretty much his contribution. He was like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Why donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t you guys not sing there, play that 8 bars longer and then bring your vocals inÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. We were like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Okay!Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. It was just something we had never thought of. He was a big, big help; it was all his idea.
J: I was wondering how he went from singing to producing just like that and how that transition was for you guys.
M: Well we were his first project.
J: Oh really?
M: We just got talking about it when we were doing a tour with them in Europe and he was just in our room chatting and he talked about producing. We were like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½well have you ever produced?Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ and he goes, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½NoÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Would you like to?Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½YeahÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Well why havenÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t you?Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Well I donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t know, IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½m not very talentedÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ and we were like Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ha ha ha haÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ Then he leaves the room to go play and we all look at each other and weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Hey we have to record in a few monthsÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½. So the next day Josh talked to him and he goes, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Hell yeah, IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll totally do it.Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
J: ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s so cool
M: Yeah he is very cool.
J: So since weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re at Warped Tour and then youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re co-headlining with Fall Out Boy later right? And the Starting Line?
M: Yeah, weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re actually not co-headlining but weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re main support.
J: But you have been headlining some shows lately?
M: Yeah we just did a week or so.
J: How is it different from headlining to support? Like whatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the difference for you?
M: Well itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s hard to tell. WeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re in a very weird transitional period right now. Where the new record came out and itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s doing pretty well weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re noticing people coming up and singing the songs. But on a tour like the Fall Out Boy tour those guys are number one on TRL soÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
J: Ha ha ha yeahÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
M: ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s going to be like youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re playing for 5,000 people so itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s going to be a little different but hopefully thatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll be where we can win some people over again. ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s where you just have to come out and bring it. But when we do our own shows weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re doing small to medium clubs and weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re selling them out now so weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re just kind of building as we go.
J: So I got an email yesterday that said, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Come hang out with Motion City and talk to them because all they do is spending hours and hours in the bus playing Playstation 2Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
M: ha ha ha
J: True not true? Ha ha What do you guys do?
M: Was that the press mailing list?
J: Yeah, they saw my name on the press list and they said all you guys do during Warped Tour is sit on the bus and play Playstation 2
M: ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s not true at all ha ha. Although I did just get a PSP soÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
M: So at night, when everythingÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s over I will play in my bunk.
J: ha ha ha
M: ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s it! Ha ha ha ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s not bad
J: Okay so take me through a day of Warped then
M: Okay so I wake up, hopefully not at 1:30 like I did yesterday.
J: ha ha
M: Then we usuallyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ Sometimes weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll play really early. You donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t know when youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re going to be playing until that morning which is crazy. So wake up, eat lunch, usually a signing in the afternoon, then press like now, dinner, show. ThatÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s usually a routine day, then after that weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll hang out with everybody in the parking lot until bus call. WeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re pretty good about not being on the bus actually. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s funnyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½
J: Yeah I donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t know where this email came fromÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½.
M: I know who wrote it, IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll get Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½em.
J: ha ha ha.
M: Ha ha ha, yeah someone whoÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s not on Warped Tour.
J: So they really have no idea, theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re just making you sound bored.
M: Yeah theyÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re making us sound like chumps.
J: So how do you pick your set? With so many great songs like, Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½My Favorite AccidentÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½, just old classics and then the new ones. How do you pick which five songs or so youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re going to play for Warped?
M: WeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re actually doing eight songs and weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re just running through them. Now weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re doing about half an half right now. WeÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re doing 4 old 4 new. But I think come fall weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re going to alternate going maybe a few more new and a few less old. Ha ha you do the math.
J: Since youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re going through so fast do you feel like youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re still connecting with the audience with that breakneck Warped speed. I know you guys like to sit and talk with the audience a little bit but with Warped when youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re banging them out you donÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½t really get to do that.
M: Yeah youÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re right. ItÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s usually through the songs that I feel like weÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½re still connected to the audience. Like going into Ãƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½Capital HÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ and people start bouncing itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s the greatest thing in the world, itÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½s so much fun so we just try to mix it up and have fun with them.
J: Alright well IÃƒ¯Ã‚¿Ã‚½ll let you get back to your day, just thank you very much for taking the time
M: No thank you.