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Motion City Soundtrack – Panic Stations

Motion City Soundtrack – Panic Stations

★★★★

Motion City Soundtrack – Panic Stations

It’s catchy, fun, and nestled in there are lyrics that can sometimes tell a whole other story to the music at hand.

Label: Epitaph
Released: 18th September 2015

Rating: ★★★★

“Let’s do this,” says Justin Pierre, as Motion City Soundtrack hit play on record six. It’s their first for the band since drummer Tony Thaxton’s departure, but it doesn’t take long to get really into the swing of what’s another great Motion City album, pure and simple.

It’s said they tried to forget everything they learned in overthinking their songs and just play, and it’s loosened them up in certain areas. ‘Anything At All’ begins in their usual infectious manner, where ‘Lose Control’ later stands out as something robotic and sharp.

It’s A Pleasure To Meet You’ has a real swing to it, proclaiming “You are not alone, we’ve all had our battles with darkness and shadows.” And there it is, those personal notes for connection wrapped up warmly in songs that slot so neatly into the band’s discography it’s almost too easy.

Nautical themes pepper the album, as with its title and cover, and they blend perfectly into their more straightforward lines of thought, no forced anchors or buoys in sight. ‘Over It Now’ returns to their synth-fuelled glory, with familiarity sailing through to the closer. ‘Days Will Run Away’ lulls you in before saying farewell in a sheer explosion.

“It’s not the weight of the world, it’s just the way that I am,” sings Pierre. In essence, ‘Panic Stations’ is a pitch perfect Motion City Soundtrack album and, indeed, the way that they are. It’s catchy, fun, and nestled in there are lyrics that can sometimes tell a whole other story to the music at hand. Heather McDaid

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