If you attended Warped Tour this past summer and managed to catch Motion City Soundtrack‘s set, you may or may not have noticed that the power-pop-punk legends debuted a brand new track titled “Inside Out”. After telling various crowds on the tour that they have exciting plans revolving around their upcoming sixth record, they admitted to being too excited themselves to simply keep it all away.
Having first heard this track live, my expectations for the studio version were staggeringly high. I was thoroughly impressed with how well the song was live that after my fourth time hearing it (I go to a lot of Warped Tour stops), once even being acoustic, I already knew 80% of the words and sang and danced along even more than the time(s) prior.
See, in my mind, Motion City Soundtrack can do no wrong. I’ll admit that last year’s Go was lacking in the quick-wittedness of Justin Pierre’s lyrics and took fans down an unexpectedly dark, psychological route, but the fact remains that the guys know what they’re doing and they’re clearly having a lot of fun doing it. If I had to give a comparison, I’d say that, stylistically, “Inside Out” would fit in very well on the band’s fourth record My Dinosaur Life, arguably their “hardest” record in terms of musicality. This is the first taste we’re getting of drummer Claudio Rivera (ex-Saves the Day) after Tony Thaxton’s departure last year and he’s doing his job incredibly well with a rhythm that could drive the entire song on its own. Jesse Johnson’s synth and keyboards are tastefully delivered throughout while Matthew Taylor’s bass holds everything in place. Along with the standout drumming, it’s Joshua Cain’s guitar work and overall tone that make this song so entertaining. I can already see the potentially action-packed music video to accompany it all.
Strangely enough, the one thing the song lacks, which I even noticed at Warped Tour, is Pierre’s signature lyrical structure. It’s still present, of course, but it is drastically lessened. This is most likely to be seen as the most repetitive song he’s written to date. “Get inside/get inside/I can’t afford to lose control/get inside out/get inside out” is repeated seven times throughout the three-minute track, with an added “get inside out” thrown at the end, making it seven-and-a-half-ish times.
Overall, Motion City Soundtrack have effectively gotten me excited for their future sixth record. This doesn’t come as a big surprise, but now that I’ve heard the proper version of this infectiously entertaining song, I can’t help but keep a close eye on details of the album.
“Inside Out” is available on iTunes now and is currently streaming over at Rolling Stone.