After giving hometown fans a taste of what’s to come last month at the Basilica Block Party, Motion City Soundtrack announced details of its sixth studio album today. Titled “Panic Stations,” the record will be out Sept. 18 on Epitaph Records, the celebrated punk label that first signed the quintet back in 2002. MCS also released the first track off the album today, “Lose Control” (posted below), one of several tunes on the record said to carry a nautical theme.
As the band members revealed through social media last year, they recorded the album with indie-rock producer John Agnello at Minnesota’s most legendary studio, Pachyderm in Canon Falls, which is now called Seedy Underbelly North. Agnello has worked with Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth, and the Hold Steady, all favorites of MCS's band members. Pachyderm, of course, is where Nirvana’s “In Utero” was made but was shuttered for many years until being rescued in 2013 by Twin Cities studio vet John Kuker, who sadly died in Ferbuary. “Panic Stations” will probably be the studio’s most high-profile output yet since its reopening.
Stay tuned for gig info and other news around the album in the coming weeks.