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Justin Courtney Pierre @ The Bowery Ballroom

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Justin Courtney Pierre has released his first solo album In The Drink since the indefinite hiatus of Motion City Soundtrack in 2016. He’s on tour now supported by Pronoun, and joined by his touring band mates Shannon Burns of Forecast on bass, David Jarnstrom on drums, Lydia Liza on Guitar, and Tommy “The Mad Scientist” Rehbein of Robosapien on guitar. Justin began the show with the opening track of In The Drink, “Undone”, followed by the rest of the album consecutively up until “Sooner”. Justin’s demeanor with the crowd is earnest and casual. He admits that he wants to give everyone their money’s worth for tickets and just playing his new album isn’t quite long enough to do that so they play a few songs from one of his side projects he did with Tommy, Farewell Continental. The rest of the band leaves temporarily for Justin to play some stripped down acoustic versions of three Motion City Soundtrack songs. He confessed it would have felt weird to play these songs with a band other than his MCS band mates and that’s one of the reasons he chose to do them solo. It was really quite touching and sweet, considering how special all of their music has been to them and their fans. “Stand Too Close”, “When “You’re” Around””, and “L.G. Fuad” were the songs he chose to play and the crowd passionately sang along. The band joins him back on stage to close out the show with the rest of In The Drink concluding with “Goodnight Hiroyuki”. Justin’s notorious, emotive lyricism from his past work with Motion City Sountrack is alive and well in his new work. Visit him on tour at the dates below and while you’re there buy In The Drink, he may even sign it for you after the show.

 

 

11/8 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry @ The Fillmore
11/9 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
11/10 Asbury Park, NJ House of Independents
11/11 Pittsburgh, PA The Funhouse @ Mr. Smalls
11/13 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theater
11/14 Milwaukee, WI The Rave Bar
11/16 Saint Paul, MN Turf Club
11/27 Kansas City, MO Record Bar
11/28 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
11/30 Phoenix, CA Valley Bar
12/1 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
12/2 San Diego, CA Casbah
12/4 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
12/5 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
12/6 Sacramento, CA Goldfield Trading Post
12/8 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
12/9 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
11/1 – 11/16 w/ Pronoun
11/27 – 12/9 w/ Thin Lips

 

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