Motion City Soundtrack
Interview with Matt
Taylor of Motion City Soundtrack
Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee,
Motion City Soundtrack will be releasing their
highly anticipated album, "My Dinosaur Life" on January 19th, 2010.
You can order the new album directly from their
The question everyone is dying to hear from you guys, whatís your take
on the Tiger Woods situation right now?
Matt: I just heard about it
yesterday. Iím actually-Iím super bummed about it. Iíve actually just
started playing golf so I kind of have been like-this is super nerdy
but, Iíve been going onto Tigerwoods.com, seeing whatís in his bag,
you know, just checking it out. I donít know, I think itís horrible.
If my facts are straight heís actually guilty of messiní around,
Eric: Juryís kind of out but
he did admit to some transgressions.
Matt: And then, got drunk and wrecked his car? What was sup
Eric: Juryís out on that one too, I mean, something up.
Matt: Well, when the Jury comes back maybe Iíll have an
opinion, but right now itís just a bummer.
Eric: Milwaukee, any memorable
experiences in the past coming through here at all? I know you said
youíre from Virginia, probably not too many road stops in Milwaukee.
Matt: Every time we come here, we play the Rave. When we
were just starting out, we were playing the bar. Then you move
downstairs, then you move upstairs, and then you go to the top floor
so itís like weíre pretty much just growing up in this building here.
I think weíve hit the Taco Bell a couple times back in the day and
Star Bucks is always a stop in the morning and the Ambassador Bar
after the show.
Playing with Weezer, whatís your take on that?
Matt: That is a dream come
true since high school. I think I can speak on all of our behalf on
that one. I got the Blue record in eleventh grade and ever since then,
Iíve been, you know, a huge fan.
Iíve heard different people compare your music to Pinkerton and some
other Weezer records.
Matt: Definitely a huge
influence for all of us, for sure.
What other influences to you guys bring to the table?
Matt: I donít know, we kind of see eye to eye on a lot of
things and then we all kind of branch off but bands that we all liked
were Ben Folds and then DC area stuff like Jawbox and Fugazi, Q And
Not U, a lot of the disc core kind of angular stuff. Justinís a huge
Superchunk fan as well as Josh. Josh is way into the Steve Albini
stuff from the 90ís. Iím kind of a touch of metalhead-itis.
Ben: Whatís that?
Matt: Well, my fiancť actually got me into it. Sheís way
into European stuff like black metal. Now sheís into Keltic Metal
which Iím kind of on the fence about.
Ben: Keltic Metal?
Matt: Like full on, you
know, folk music instruments Ė three or four going over the top of
just pummeling metal riffs, itís pretty amazing. Juryís still out on
that one, for me.
You guys are going overseas after the new album arenít you?
Eric: Australia or?
Matt: Australia, Japan, at some point weíll be hitting
Eric: And thatís for the new record, ďMy Dinosaur Life.Ē
How did that name (My Dinosaur Life) come about?
Matt: Justin came up
with that one. He says he heard a quote from a movie and
misinterpreted the quote. It was apparently- it wasnít my dinosaur
Life, it was my dragon life or something like that. He took it from
that and kind of ran with the idea.
Ben: What about the band name?
Matt: That was something
Joshís brother actually came up with. Josh and Justin were playing at
Ben: And youíve been with the band since 2002?
Matt: Yes. They formed in like 97 and Josh was like, ďHey I
have this band, we donít have a name.ď They couldnít decide on a
decent name; they were going to be Jesus Butter but they decided that
wasnít very cool . Uconn Cornelius didnít stick either. So then Motion
City Soundtrack, Josh just kind of borrowed it from his brother I
Other than Weezer influences, are there any other cds in particular
that have really influenced you?
Matt: Yeah I mean, I started playing bass in high school so
if youíre talking about going back that far, I started toÖ kind of the
more popular alternative stuff when I was in high school. The Chili
Peppers ďBlood Sugar Sex MagikĒ to me was like the coolest thing I had
ever heard in my life at that time you know, and then Primus of
course. I really gravitated to the showoffy bass players first because
I kind of realized ďWhoa, thatís a cool instrumentĒ you know. And then
from there I kind of fell into bands like Radiohead. Colin Greenwood
is super solid but not flashy. Kim Coletta from Jawbox, her tone was
very influential to me. So those are some big ones but the new Phoenix
Eric, Ben: Yeah
we were just listening to that on the way here, thatís a great recordÖ
Matt: Yeah, that and Passion Pit, thereís some songs on
that record that are just really-really good.
Matt: Yeah, just got that one.
When you practice, I know youíre one of the hardest working bands out
there is what I read (winks), when do you find time to practice and
come up with new songs?
Matt: Donít believe everything you read (laughing). We
generally donít. I donít know if you know, I live in Virginia, Jesseís
in Brooklyn, two guys are in Minneapolis and Tonyís in LA. So,
practice for us is like, letís fly in 5 days before tour, get our shit
together and go. But this whole last year we actually did have some
good chunks of writing time in there. About a year ago we had two
sessions in Minneapolis. So we just kind of block out big chunks of
time and rent a room or studio and go at it now. We do a lot of
writing apart now with technology, itís helped us a lot.
Ben: Send it to each other?
Matt: Yeah, a lot of emailing and iChat. Just little guitar
parts back and forth, itís actually cool, weíve built a lot of songs
that way for demos this time.
Ben: Thereís something new that Tommy Lee is working on
that you can send in parts to contribute, to collaborate on songs.
Matt: Oh yeah! Thatís a really cool idea, itís crazy.
Alright, one final question given you guys are going to be hitting the
stage shortly. This kind of goes for all musicians, do you ever find
yourself nervous before hitting the stage?
Matt: Every single show. As soon as your guys leave, Iím
going to get in show mode and Iíll get nervous. And then right when
were waiting to go on when the intro starts Iíll beÖ Iíll be shaking.
The second we start playing, Iíll be fine. But, every show. We plaid
an acoustic show yesterday and I was almost puking, I was so nervous.
Iím fine once we start playing, I donít know what it is.