Motion City Soundtrack are heading out on tour on New Year’s Eve, but are telling fans “don’t call it a comeback.”

The group teased the news early last month, posting a short clip to Twitter with the caption “12.31.19.” Now, the news is out that they’ll be performing for the first time since September 2016. The tour will kick-off at Chicago’s House of Blues on December 31, followed by gigs throughout January 2020 in cities like Boston, Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles, and Dallas. They’ll wrap-up at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on January 28.

MCS stopped touring back in 2016 after time on the road took a toll on the bandmates. Last year, frontman Justin Pierre told Alternative PressCautionary Tales podcast that although the band’s last show in Chicago was really exciting and emotional, it was also a relief, noting that “it was like we were on a train heading somewhere, and it was slowing down, slow enough for us to be able to where we could get off. And it was like, ‘Maybe we should just get off'”

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“We all kind of wanted to focus on other things,” he said. “Mainly family stuff, like being around and being around for events like birthdays and Halloween and Christmas and all that shit. Seeing the effects that touring constantly had on Josh’s [Cain, MCS guitarist/vocalist] relationship: He’d tell me these things where his kid would FaceTime him and [say], ‘Why are you gone? Why aren’t you here?’” And I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s going to be me.’ So I tried to use that and learn from that. I think we all reached the point where we had to kind of back away from touring.”

The pop-punk band is best-known for early 2000’s hits like Commit This To Memory‘s “Everything Is Alright” and I Am The Movie‘s “The Future Freaks Me Out” and “My Favorite Accident.” Their last record, Panic Stations, was released back in 2015. It’s unknown if they are currently working on a record at this time, but with a new tour underway, new music is likely.

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Motion City Soundtrack Tour Dates 2020

12/31/19 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
01/02/20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
01/03 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
01/04 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Roxian Theatre
01/06 – Boston, MA. @ House of Blues
01/07 – Huntington, NY@ Paramount Theatre
01/08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
01/10 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
01/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
01/12 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
01/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
01/15 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
01/16 – Nashville, TN@ Cannery Ballroom
01/18 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
01/20 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
01/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
01/23 – Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
01/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
01/25 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Theatre
01/27 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
01/28 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre

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