Motion City Soundtrack pack the House of Blues in Anaheim with an all-ages crowd (with Arms Akimbo)

Motion City Soundtrack played a packed House of Blues Anaheim on January 23rd with support from Arms Akimbo and Mom Jeans. Their show described by someone who’s never seen them (in one word)? Amazing. The large crowd was especially diverse in age, with seasoned fans mixing with those young enough to have just finished kindergarten at the time of Commit This To Memory’s 2005 release.

The first opener, Arms Akimbo, are a personal favorite. With infectious onstage energy, they managed to convert an entire audience into fans of their upbeat and catchy guitar licks under crafty and somewhat cynical lyrics (listen to “Paycheck”). If you want to see a band whose onstage energy exudes an absolute love for what they do, these are your guys. They were followed by Mom Jeans; although I missed my opportunity to shoot their set due to a poorly-timed water break, their performance was classically high-energy pop punk.

Finally, Motion City Soundtrack took the stage, opening with “Attractive Today” and immediately following with “Everything Is Alright,” both showcasing keyboardist Jesse Johnson’s enviable sheer energy. Perhaps the best moment was immediately following “Everything Is Alright,” when Justin Pierre pondered whether it was one of the first songs they wrote together before realizing “wait, we had an album before this”. Ultimately, Motion City Soundtrack is an epic show for old and new fans alike and I would definitely recommend catching them on this tour.

Motion City Soundtrack

Arms Akimbo

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Meghan Quadracci is a portrait and music documentary photographer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. See her work at megquadracci.com.

Motion City Soundtrack pack the House of Blues in Anaheim with an all-ages crowd (with Arms Akimbo)

Motion City Soundtrack played a packed House of Blues Anaheim on January 23rd with support from Arms Akimbo and Mom Jeans. Their show described by someone who’s never seen them (in one word)? Amazing. The large crowd was especially diverse in age, with seasoned fans mixing with those young enough to have just finished kindergarten at the time of Commit This To Memory’s 2005 release.

The first opener, Arms Akimbo, are a personal favorite. With infectious onstage energy, they managed to convert an entire audience into fans of their upbeat and catchy guitar licks under crafty and somewhat cynical lyrics (listen to “Paycheck”). If you want to see a band whose onstage energy exudes an absolute love for what they do, these are your guys. They were followed by Mom Jeans; although I missed my opportunity to shoot their set due to a poorly-timed water break, their performance was classically high-energy pop punk.

Finally, Motion City Soundtrack took the stage, opening with “Attractive Today” and immediately following with “Everything Is Alright,” both showcasing keyboardist Jesse Johnson’s enviable sheer energy. Perhaps the best moment was immediately following “Everything Is Alright,” when Justin Pierre pondered whether it was one of the first songs they wrote together before realizing “wait, we had an album before this”. Ultimately, Motion City Soundtrack is an epic show for old and new fans alike and I would definitely recommend catching them on this tour.

Motion City Soundtrack

Arms Akimbo

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