Motion City Soundtrack have just released their fifth studio album, Go, and we sat down with singer Justin Pierre to go through the whole album track-by-track, to discuss the meaning behind each song.
Circuits And Wires
This is a song we initially wrote for My Dinosaur Life but it just wasn't happening and eventually got the axe. Luckily we resurrected it for Go. It touches on a handful of ideas, but the major talking points are: We are all robots and I used to have a stuttering problem.
This is a true story. I am a person who is constantly worried about all the things that are “wrong” with me and feel the need to extrapolate upon these insecurities at the most inappropriate of times. Yet, despite my constant need to try and sabotage a sure thing, she miraculously somehow finds me attractive/interesting/fuckworthy.
Son Of A Gun
Another love song, but this time from the point of view of a guy who chooses to crack wise instead of being kind. At least he knows he's a jerk-face, right? Point is: He's trying to change, good people! Didn't think this one would make it past the censors, but it did. It's a real sludgy pop song (there's one on every record).
This one went through no less than 8 different lyrical and melody choices before I got it right. The chorus was a variation on something the old man used to say. I tried to get universal in theme while remaining specific to things that have happened to me. It's tough to sum up your life in 2 verses. WARNING: CONTAINS COPIUS AMOUNTS OF PERSONAL SHIT!
Everyone Will Die
Only a handful of songs have written themselves and this is one of them. In the last few years I've been overwhelmed with this sudden sense of urgency to experience each moment as hard as I can because it will soon be gone. I tried to write the type of song about death that I would have liked to have heard as a kid in order to make me feel better about it all. It amazes me how delicately we all performed on this track.
The Coma Kid
This song is an ode to procrastination.
Josh brought us this crazy half circus music/half straightforward rock song type song. We all knew we liked it, but didn't understand it. I have no idea how I came to start singing about bugs, but once I did I knew it would be about a time in my life spent in a sub level apartment watching people's feet enter and exit cars during winter while ingesting insane amounts of amphetamines and nicotine. Not my proudest moment. But there are still fond feelings for the bugs that used to traverse across the eye level windowsill and the conversations we used to have.
The Worst Is Yet To Come
Initially this song was conceived mere months after My Dinosaur Life was recorded. We then sat on it for a year and a half and resurrected it in the studio for Go. To me this is the other side of the coin that "A Lifeless Ordinary" would be on. Whereas that song contained a glimmer of hope, this one contains an ocean of doom. I am most proud of the fact that this is a song that seemingly could be about at least three very different things depending on how you look at it.
Initially this song was written for Commit This To Memory but didn't make the cut. We unsuccessfully tried to resurrect it on EVERY subsequent album. After extensive surgery version 4.0 has been approved for human ears. This is a long overdue thank you/confessional to my parents.
My grandmother died a few years ago from cancer and leading up to this, I used to visit her whenever I had time off. At a certain point she could no longer communicate but I knew she had thoughts in her head. I wrote this for her. Imagining her thinking these things in relation to my grandfather and everyone she left behind makes me feel better about the whole thing. I kept losing it in the studio when trying to sing it, so I don't think I'll ever be able to actually perform it live. We will see.
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