Justin Courtney Pierre Announces Debut Solo Record

Justin Courtney Pierre Announces Debut Solo Record

Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Courtney Pierre has announced the upcoming release of his debut solo record In The Drink. The record will be released via Epitaph Records on October 12.

Today via Billboard, Pierre shares the lead single and title track from In The Drink—an urgent and bouncy, guitar-fueled pop song built on Pierre’s classically quirky but heartfelt lyrics. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shane Rock Nelson, the video for “In The Drink” follows Pierre as he fends off shadowy, cheeseburger zombie-like figures in the woods of his native Minnesota.

Check out “In The Drink” by Justin Courtney Pierre at Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8467950/justin-courtney-pierre-motion-city-soundtrack-in-the-drink

Produced by Motion City Soundtrack guitarist Joshua Cain, In The Drink finds Pierre at his most unfiltered, embracing everything from anthemic pop to moodier and more darkly charged material. Pierre plays all instruments on the album except for drums, which are performed by David Jarnstrom (Gratitude, BNLX).

This fall, Pierre will embark on a national tour in support of In The Drink. Kicking off on November 1 in Chicago, the tour wraps up on December 9 in Seattle. For on sale information, visit http://www.justincourtneypierre.com/.

1. Undone
2. Anchor
3. I Don't Know Why She Ran Away
4. Moonbeam
5. Ready Player One
6. I'm a Liar
7. Sooner
8. Shoulder the Weight
9. In The Drink
10. Goodnight Hiroyuki

11/1 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
11/2 Detroit, MI The Shelter
11/3 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11/5 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
11/6 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
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

In 1997 Pierre co-founded Motion City Soundtrack, the widely celebrated rock band whose last album Panic Stations hit the Billboard 200. Although Pierre had initially planned to focus on domestic life after the band went on hiatus in 2016, he soon felt compelled to revisit the hundreds of voice memos, lyrical scribblings, and melody ideas he’d compiled since age seven. “There is a part of me that just needs to make stuff, so with whatever free time I had I’d be writing and then I’d clean the house and then I’d write some more,” Pierre recalls.

Recorded sporadically over the course of seven months, In The Drink was self-funded and a true labor of love. “I wanted to make a record that sounded like the kind of albums I listened to as a teenager in the early ’90s, and I think we succeeded and failed in exactly the right ways,” says Pierre.