Motion City Soundtrack announces breakup; Tony Thaxton to return for final tour

photo: Andrew Wells

Long-running Minneapolis pop-rock unit Motion City Soundtrack has announced today that after 19 years of service, they will break up this year following an extensive farewell tour. The recent Substream cover stars released their sixth full-length, Panic Stations, last year on Epitaph Records, the label which released the bulk of their recorded material. The band’s statement reads in part:

“It has been a quiet winter for us. We’ve had some time at home after a very busy 2015. With this time, we’ve been able to think about the past, present, and future of Motion City Soundtrack. All of this thinking has lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead us to a very bittersweet realization:

We have no idea what the future holds, but for now we are done.

Needless to say, we’re feeling all the feels – you may be as well. If so, or if you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016.”

For the band’s final tour, they will welcome back into the fold Tony Thaxton, the band’s longest-tenured drummer who played on five of MCS’s six full-lengths. He will replace Claudio Rivera, who has been MCS’s drummer since 2013 and played on Panic Stations.

Dates for Motion City Soundtrack’s final tour will be announced on Monday.