Motion City Soundtrack may be on indefinite hiatus, but that doesn’t mean MCS’ main man Justin Courtney Pierre is done rock ‘n’ rolling. Pierre’s debut solo album, ‘In The Drink’ drops this Friday, October 12 via Epitaph Records, and finds the singer-songwriter hitting new levels of depth and maturity and ultimately proving that sometimes, you just can’t keep a good rocker down.
The uncanny, infectious hooks and power pop straddling that pushed Motion City Soundtrack to the forefront of the new millennium alt-rock pack in the 2000’s will always be a part of Pierre’s sonic arsenal. His unique and crazy distinctive voice just commands repeated listening. With that in mind, the choice to open ‘In The Drink’ with a low key, slow building track like “Undone” is rather bold. Instead of kicking things off with a saccharine toe tapper that people might expect, Pierre steadily lures the listener in with a quasi-ballad that turns into a righteous horn section, jam session.
The bombastic power pop isn’t gone, however. “Anchor” follows immediately after and is the perfectly crafted alt-rock specimen you’d come to expect from this MCS alumni. The guitar and keyboard harmonies, those heavenly background vocals and of course, the goddamn hooky chorus; “Anchor” will definitely anchor itself into your brain…and that’s not even the catchiest song on the record! “I Don’t Know Why She Ran Away” wins that one. It’s like the perfect 90’s rock radio anthem, teleported into the present.
“Moonbeam” is probably the most touching song on the album. The instrumentation on this track is simply beautiful. Again, it’s the winning combination of gorgeous guitars and keys mixed with haunting backing vocals that will lodge this tune into your psyche. On the opposite end of the spectrum, “I’m a Liar” and “I’m Ready” are muscular, post-hardcore-ish numbers. “Ready Player One” is just a rocker, the adrenaline rushing crowd hopping sing along jam of the entire album.
‘In The Drink’ has a lot for listeners to take in. Pierre covers a lot of bases on his debut solo album, and he does it all rather well. Oh yeah, and he plays every instrument [minus drums] too. That multi-instrumentalist tidbit just adds bonus cool points, to an already awesome record.
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