After releasing its first two records on indie label Epitaph, pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack signed a multiple-album deal with Columbia in late 2006, months before releasing its final Epitaph effort, 2007's "Even If It Kills Me." With its Columbia debut, "My Dinosaur Life," set for release Jan. 19, the band's team is working to balance its new major-label status with the independent, grass-roots approach that got Motion City Soundtrack its start.
Even though the signing was done while the band was still under contract with Epitaph, guitarist Joshua Cain says it seemed like a logical next step. "Knowing how things change so fast and having no idea how the next record would do on Epitaph, it just felt right to make the move when there was the right interest there," he says. "This feels like a big machine that can work really well toward the goals we have at this point. Because we're not a new band, we don't need the [initial] development phase, but we need the development phase on the bigger side."
"With a band like this that's kind of been the kings of the Warped tour, it's always the challenge of getting the next step higher," Columbia director of marketing Nina Webb says. "One of the challenges is making sure people realize that this is not just another emo-punk band. This is a sophisticated band that should be in the same category as Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182 and those type of artists."