It has officially been 681 days (or 1 year, 10 months and 13 days) since Motion City Soundtrack called it quits. Why are we bringing this up, you ask? To torture you? No. We simply mention this to remind you that in those 681 days you’ve successfully survived without any new music from Minnesota’s alt/emo rock heroes. Thankfully, though, that all ends today. Well, sorta.
Just announced this afternoon, former Motion City Soundtrack vocalist/guitarist Justin Courtney Pierre will be releasing a highly anticipated solo record via his old stomping grounds, Epitaph Records.
When asked about his forthcoming 10-track album In The Drink which was produced by Motion City Soundtrack guitarist Joshua Cain, Pierre said, “It just kind of happened. At the end of the day, I didn’t know what else to do other than write music. I think I flirted with the idea of become an accountant, but then my wife told me that’s not a reality. That’s work. And she was right…And I had been kicking around the idea of doing something like this for a while, anyway. I had just never pulled the trigger."
Pierre went on to add, "Each step along in doing this I went on to the next step and didn’t think too far ahead. Post-MCS I just really wanted to focus on the art, so I built a team of people around me that I can utilize for all the other stuff – the production, the business. What’s nice about this is I don’t have to ask anybody for permission or get four people to agree on whatever we’re doing. I can just do my ideas whether they’re stupid or not, for better or for worse. I thought, ‘OK, so if this is the only record I ever do, great. I’m just gonna do it exactly the way I want it.'”
As for working with Cain on the production side of things, Pierre notes: "I’ve been working with him for years and he’s been doing more producing and he’s really good at it. I said, 'Why don’t you produce it? It’s kind of like we’re doing something together, but this time I call all the shots at the end of the day,’ and he liked that idea.”
To get your first taste of what a solo record might sound like from Justin Courtney Pierre, be sure to check out his upbeat title track below. Afterwards, to pre-order In The Drink before it hits stores October 12th and grab tickets to see Pierre out on tour, head here.