Drexel University's MAD Dragon Records & Motion City Soundtrack's The Boombox Generation Announce Official SXSW Making Moves Showcase!
Drexel University's MAD Dragon Records (MDR) and Motion City Soundtrack's recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation, are pleased to announce the official Making Moves kick-off showcase at the annual South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 14th at Clive Bar, with the first performance starting at 8PM. Motion City Soundtrack will headline the official Making Moves showcase with all of the emerging artists in the series (The Company We Keep, Brick + Mortar, Goldrush, The Skies Revolt, and A Great Big Pile of Leaves) performing during the evening.
Making Moves is a series of 7" single releases by emerging artists curated by Motion City Soundtrack. The singles will be released on limited edition 7" vinyl and digitally via MAD Dragon Records and Motion City Soundtrack's recently launched record label, The Boombox Generation. The Making Moves series will be distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance. Making Moves artists include: The Company We Keep (Detroit, MI), Brick + Mortar (Asbury Park, NJ), Goldrush (Richmond, VA), The Skies Revolt (Grand Rapids, MI) and A Great Big Pile of Leaves (Brooklyn, NY). Additionally, Motion City Soundtrack will contribute two new songs for the series. The Company We Keep will begin the schedule of artist releases on April 24th, 2012 and each additional artist will be released throughout the year.
Members of Motion City Soundtrack (Justin Pierre, Josh Cain, Matt Taylor, Jesse Johnson, and Tony Thaxton) produced all of the artists' recordings between November 2011 and January 2012. The sessions took place at Drexel University's studios in Philadelphia, PA with Drexel's Music Industry Program alumni and undergraduate students, Lenny Skolnick, Dave Petit and Justin Chapman engineering the sessions. The recording process was documented by students from the Drexel Film & Video program for a documentary "Making Of" DVD that will accompany a box set including all titles and will be released in late 2012.
The project came together at the annual South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) in March 2011. According to Jesse Johnson of MCS, "Last year, I was at SXSW with the band I manage, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, and Terry Tompkins attended their showcase. Johnson said, "After a few emails and phone calls, the Making Moves project was hatched; it went from simply doing a A Great Big Pile of Leaves seven inch to Motion City Soundtrack curating the series." Matt Taylor of MCS adds, "I'm hoping that people will be inspired by the collaboration and the many different factions involved with the series. We came together with a common goal of releasing music that we're excited about. We want those who hear it to share in this excitement with us."
"It is a privilege for the students in the Music Industry Program and MAD Dragon Records to work with Motion City Soundtrack (MCS) for the Making Moves Series," said Terry Tompkins, Associate Teaching Professor of the Music Industry Program and Managing Director of the Music Industry Program Entities at Drexel University. "This partnership provides a rare opportunity for our students to work with an accomplished and recognized band. Their (MCS) interest and enthusiasm to work with our students has exceeded our wildest expectations."