The House of Blues Anaheim was packed Thursday, January 23rd thanks to Motion CIty Soundtrack’s Don’t Call It A Comeback Tour. Complete with two shreddin’ openers, the night was every pop-punk fantasy come to life.
First up was Arms Akimbo, starting it off right with high energy, personality and an incredible sound to match. As longtime Motion City fans, lead singer/guitarist Peter Schrupp was ecstatic to be playing for the tour’s Anaheim date. “Did anybody come see Motion City Soundtrack with Say Anything WAY back in the day? Hey, I was there with you, too,” he laughed onstage. What a way to start the show, as Arms Akimbo’s stage presence commanded the attention of the audience way back to the bars when you walked in the doors. Christ Kalil (guitar/vocals), Matthew Sutton (drums), and Colin Boppell (bass) graced the stage with animation and a sensor of humor to match. Watch out for these four guys out of Los Angeles, as they’re ready to make a full name for themselves.
Complete with two shreddin’ openers, the night was every pop-punk fantasy come to life.
Next up was all-time fan-favorite Mom Jeans. Self-proclaimed super loud sad dudes from California: Eric Butler (vocals, guitar), Austin Carango (drums, vocals), Bart Thompson (vocals/guitar) and Sam Kless (bass) have an unstoppable energy for their breakup jams and sad songs. The band’s connection with their audience and themselves proves the heart and soul put into every song written. Playing an array of songs from their two studio albums Puppy Love and Best Buds, the crowd sang along and moshed while Kless kicked into high gear.
Next up, Motion City Soundtrack. And, the crowd lost it.
Although it is their first tour in three years, don’t you call it a comeback! Motion City Soundtrack entered the stage and immediately got to business with the jams, no beats missed. Starting off the show with “Attractive Today” and “Everything is Alright”, it was clear the show-goers would be in for some real big treats for the night. The room was full of die-hard fans as every song was sung in unison by the band and the fans, making for a beautiful evening. Deep cuts like “Modern Chemistry” and “Points of Extinction” left an undeniable buzz throughout the room. An epic encore, including “L.G. FUAD” and “The Future Freaks Me Out”, left the audience with everything they wanted. Motion City Soundtrack may be back for the first time in three years, but they’ve proven they’re rested and ready for 2020. Catch the Don’t Call It A Comeback Tour with Mom Jeans as it wraps up in February!
Photography by Franny Kovacs