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Motion City Soundtrack, The Early November and Citizen @ The Electric Factory.

February 2, 2015

Spause_Motion City Soundtrack-7Text and images by Brianna Spause.

The-standing room-only space at the Electric Factory accommodated thousands of sweaty bodies on Thursday night as they bathed in nostalgia. The night charged though a blend of alternative rock and pop-punk in full force as Citizen and The Early November opened for Motion City Soundtrack, who had stopped in Philadelphia on the 10th anniversary tour of their sophomore album, Commit This To Memory.

“To be honest, we haven’t really thought about this record since we made it,” lead singer Justin Pierre told the crowd as he recalled the bands early years, and pulled his hands through a trademarked head of wildly untamed hair. “I was right in between two different people back then. We had written half the record when I was trying to get my shit together, and now I’m sober. There’s a lot of frustration, apologies and trying to make amends for something on this record.”

The band played Commit This To Memory from cover to cover with a reliable set of background vocals roaring from the crowd, especially on fan-favorite tracks like “Attractive Today” and “L.G. F.U.A.D (Let’s Get Fucked Up And Die).” Twelve tracks was not enough to satisfy the audience that had grown significantly taller and acquired a lot more facial hair in the decade since CTTM was released, so Motion City hit the stage again after a short break to play an 8-song encore.

A steady stream of crowd-surfers, one-shoed mega fans and middle-aged folks who still love to dance kept the party lively until the lights went down on cries of “I’m on fire, and now I think I’m ready to bust a move. Check it out I’m rocking steady to the beat in my head…” as Motion City Soundtrack closed the night with their hit single – “The Future Freaks Me Out.”

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