A solid musical accompaniment to the struggles of life, My Dinosaur Life, the 2010 album from Motion City Soundtrack, covered the troubles of trying to figure life out. The Minnesota rock band officially disbanded in 2016, but SRC Vinyl will be bringing back the band’s fourth studio album on limited edition green and pink vinyl June 7.
My Dinosaur Life was released in 2010 as the band’s major label debut release after parting ways with Epitaph Records and signing to Columbia Records. This album marked Motion City Soundtrack’s second project produced by Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus, and first since their sophomore album Commit This to Memory.
The album featured a heavier experimental sound compared to past Motion City Soundtrack albums. Most of the album was recorded using a drum machine and electric beats since drummer, Tony Thraxton, broke his arm before recording started unable to properly play until the last week of recording.
What stays consistent to their roots is their classic blend of catchy melodies and earnest lyrics. My Dinosaur Life contained some of the most honest songs vocalist and guitarist, Justin Pierre, wrote with the band, such as, “Her Words Destroyed My Planet.”
In a video breakdown Pierre calls this his most honest song, on in which he really opened himself up. Similarly, “Stand To Close” was an honest look at Pierre’s past relationships and struggles.
The honestly in the lyrics gained the album acclaim, charting number 15 on the 2010 Billboard 200 and ranking number 18 on Kerrang’s “51 Greatest Pop Punk Albums” in 2017.
The album’s name comes Pierre misquoting a line from the 2008 film American Teen. Explained Pierre: “I especially liked the fact that it came from something real, totally messed up, and ended up as something new.”