I’m not sure why I don’t talk about MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK more often, because they’re hands down one of my favorite bands of the last decade. Snobs will probably cringe at this comparison, but I file MCS in the same category as MEST, UNWRITTEN LAW, and SUBLIME: bands that I love because their music is super upbeat, catchy and poppy, but all their lyrics are about being a self-destructive piece of shit and hating yourself for it.
I’m not trying to play the ‘their lyrics are rly meaningful 2 me bc there so authentic’ card, but at the same time I guess I am, because their songs hit home with me precisely because I can tell that only an advanced-level self-hating fuckup could have written them. If you think they sound gay and whiny, it’s most likely because you are too young to have experienced the kind of crushing disappointments and monumental fuckups that inspire songs like this. Come at me in 10 years, bro.
But beyond that, it’s hard for me to generalize about why I love them so much. See, MCS is one of those rare bands who write songs that are actually different from each other, so the best way for me to talk about why I love them is probably just to talk about some of my favorite MCS songs. TRIGGER WARNING: SELF-PITY, ANGST AND GENERAL FAGGOTRY.
“LGFUAD,” or “Let’s Get Fucked Up And Die” is essentially the template for all the best MCS songs: catchy pop song with incredibly dark-but-funny lyrics about hating yourself and wanting to die (basically “LOL I srs think I might kill myself if things don’t get better; I’m such a faggot”). One thing that MCS doesn’t get nearly enough credit for is writing lyrics that are genuinely witty and clever without every getting into zany Bowling For Soup territory. They’re in the same league as THE VANDALS and NOFX in this department, which is pretty much the highest praise I could give a band.
I suck at a lot of things, but talking is not one of them. I’ve talked my way out of a lot of situations, and I pretty much always rely on my ability to bullshit people to get me out of trouble. On the rare occasions when I run into someone who can see through all of that, it’s half scary and half awesome at the same time, and that’s what I think of every time I hear “I just hate to say goodbye / To all the metaphors and lies / That have taken me years / To come up with.”
This song reminds me about how I am an irritable asshole, and I get super annoyed by lines, paperwork, crowds, and anything else that involves dealing with other people. And also, I really really love the melody that start at 1:45 ♥
While I love all of MCS’ records, “Even If It Kills Me” is the one that ‘rly means a lot to me’ (srs). In case it isn’t obvious, this song is about the singer getting clean from meth and alcohol. Fortunately I’ve never been THAT deep into anything, but I did come close enough to hitting bottom for this song to hit way, way, WAY too close to home :/
When 19 year olds write songs about how their pussy hurts because the girl who works at Subway doesn’t liek them back, it’s pretty gay because get over it and go stab some fresh guts, fggt. On the other hand there is DIVORCECORE, which is what happens when 30 year-olds write songs like this about their long-term relationships imploding and how it makes you feel like your whole life just burned down. This came out right about when I got dumped by a girl I was with for 9 years and literally wanted to die for the next 9-12 months, and if you’ve ever been through that you will probably understand why the lyrics to this song feel like they could have been transcribed straight from my brain.
I think of “It Had To Be You” as the complement to “Broken Heart,” because it pretty much exactly describes what happens when you finally see the light at the end of the breakup tunnel. You start to pick up the pieces, get your shit together again, and life starts to feel OK again… and 99% of the time, you look back at it and realize that it was probably for the best that you broke up, because you weren’t right for each other anyway and your new girl is way more awesome (srs).
Do you love MCS as much as I do?? Why did it take me this long to post about them??? Is there any better DIVORCECORE album than “Even If It Kills Me”???