Motion City Soundtrack remembers 'Commit This to Memory' at the Beacham on Friday


  • Joe Lemke
It used to make us feel old when we’d see news items about albums we loved when we were younger hitting the 10-, 15- or 20-year anniversary marks. But lately, we look forward to them because it means that we’ll probably see a reunion or at least a new tour where those albums are played front to back. While those “like the album, but louder” tours have lost some of their shine – remember when setlists were surprises? – it helps when the album in question works as a cohesive whole. Motion City Soundtrack’s 2005 album, Commit This to Memory, is one such work. Frontman Justin Pierre ties the album together with lyrical themes of mental illness, alcohol abuse and troubled relationships that pretty much encapsulate what pop punk as a genre is all about. Well, that stuff and hooky choruses, of course. Have fun singing along to every word, but get there early to check out new genre flag-wavers Sorority Noise, whose new album, Joy, Departed, is getting some attention for its gritty self-awareness.

Motion City Soundtrack with the Spill Canvas, Sorority Noise | 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 17 | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | 407-246-1419 | | $22-$30