December 3rd, 2009
   

 

Motion City Soundtrack
Interview with Matt Taylor of Motion City Soundtrack
Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI

Interviewed By:

 

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 website.

 

Eric: 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, right?
Eric: Juryís kind of out but he did admit to some transgressions.
Matt:
And then, got drunk and wrecked his car? What was sup with that?
Eric:
Juryís out on that one too, I mean, something up. (laughter)
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.


Eric: 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.


Eric: 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.


Ben: 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.


Ben: You guys are going overseas after the new album arenít you?
Matt:
YesÖ
Eric: Australia or?
Matt:
Australia, Japan, at some point weíll be hitting Europe.
Eric:
And thatís for the new record, ďMy Dinosaur Life.Ē
Matt:
Correct.


Eric: 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 the timeÖ
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 guess (laughter).


Eric: 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 recordÖ
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.
Ben:
Manners?
Matt:
Yeah, just got that one. 


Ben: 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.


Eric: 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.

 

 
 
 





 

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