Motion City Soundtrack at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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Pop rock is a staple of any American teenager.

The guitar riffs, drum beats and emo lyrics are like a rite of passage for any sophomore.

This is an area that bands such as Blink 182 have long capitalised on.

Motion City Soundtrack fall into the same punk/rock/pop genre and despite a ten-year career, they have never really shared the same stadium-filling success.

At Saturday’s gig, they burst onto the stage with a slightly over-enthusiastic Jesse Johnson on keyboard. After much air punching, whooping and head banging (mainly from Jesse), the band fell into their stride with My Favourite Accident.

The pace slowed when MCS played their more ‘mature’ tracks off their fifth full-length album Go.

Their new material has something of a slower feel than their previous hits – no fast beats or plucky guitar.

New tracks Son of a Gun and Coma Kid didn’t hold quite the same appeal to fans as L.G. FUAD.

However, the music was tight, Justin Pierre showed off his vocal talent on Timelines and the crowd lapped up the pop-punk sounds.

Even I felt like high-fiving the person next to me.

Motion City Soundtrack certainly brought a slice of American pie to the shores of Southsea.