JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

February 8, 2015
House of Blues - Dallas
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Brooke Adams
Photos by Brooke Adams

Motion City Soundtrack

A Decade To Remember

Motion City Soundtrack has hit the road to celebrate the ten year anniversary of their second album, Commit This to Memory, and they stopped by House of Blues Dallas on Sunday to sing the album in its entirety. They chose two, that's right, two Texas-native bands to join them on tour: Austin's Driver Friendly, an up-and-coming pop punk four piece, and Dallas' own TEAM*. There could not have been a better pick for openers for this tour-especially in Texas.

Driver Friendly's energy completely blew up the stage, getting a relatively older punk crowd energized and ready for the night. Led by vocalist Tyler Welsh, the band made the large House of Blues main stage feel like a 4x4 holding cell they needed to rip their way out. The vitality they exuded transferred directly to the audience who was immediately awoken from their calm, re-show state. This madness continued when TEAM* took the stage, whose headbanging was unstoppable for their whole set. The band, while no strangers to touring, clearly turned up the heat for their show on home turf. Going into a full on rock-n-roll mode, the punk rockers, with a sound much closer to Motion City Soundtrack's, seemed much more familiar to the audience. Both opening bands were received extremely well and were very fit for their roles as openers.

When the time finally came for Motion City Soundtrack, there were no dramatics or production values; they walked on stage, picked up their instruments and started playing. The veteran punk rockers are all too familiar with the stage and their audience, and they know what their crowd wants: the music. There were probably very few people in the crowd who were attending a Motion City show for the first time, made evident by their knowledge of every ten year old lyric and their foresight to what the band would do next. The one surprising moment of the whole night was when a random man dressed in a button down and a bow tie (not very punk rock...) walked out on stage and just began to sing along. Come to find out, when the band was doing a casual meet and greet at Deep Ellum Brew Co. earlier that day, they met this mysterious man and invited him to sing with them. No sad stories of last wishes or terminal illness, just a band meeting a cool dude and inviting him to jam... it was all very punk.