The Minneapolis-based emo kids in Motion City Soundtrack are all grown up and ready to return with Panic Stations next week. But before the nautically-themed set of songs washes ashore, Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to the album in its entirety.
In addition references to water and the ocean, the new record grapples with "an overarching idea of letting go and not being immobilized by your own thoughts." Inspiration was also taken from works like James Frey's A Million Little Pieces and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
The result is an 11-track collection that manages to manipulate serious thematic matter into punk-tinged, pop-driven songs. Catchy vocal melodies, bop-along beats, crunchy guitars and a sprinkling of synths and keys come together to give fans something new, but familiar.
Hit play below to let it wash over you and carry you away on the waves right now before Panic Stations officially arrives on September 18 via Epitaph.