|Justin Pierre, 2001|
Photo: Bobbi Volk
Andy left the band in early 1998 and the band then asked Joel Habedank, who played in Sadie Foster and the Fuck Yeahs, if he would like to drum for them. With Joel aboard, the band dropped most of the material they had done with Andy and their sound changed. They then began recording the material that would become the Promenade/Carolina 7" and the Kids For America and Back to the Beat EPs. Justin and Josh wanted a moog player, and for a time Andy Gruhn played moog for the band, but eventually they decided they were better off as a foursome with Justin and Josh alternating on the moog.
The band then set out on a tour and Matt Potocnik, of Sadie Foster and Krudler, then joined to play bass. Austin had left the band because his schedule was not as flexible, but eventually he rejoined when the band decided that Matt was not a good fit. Joel also departed, and the band played with a few different drummers until Sidney Burgdorf joined. The band continued touring and recording demos.
|Matt and Tony with Submerge, 2000|
|The main MCS lineup from 2002–2013:|
Justin, Jesse, Tony, Matt, and Josh
Photo: Dan Monick
Joshua Cain - guitar (fall 1997–present)
Jesse Johnson - moog (early 2002–present)
Justin Pierre - vocals/guitar (fall 1997–present)
Matthew Taylor - bass (spring 2002–present)
Claudio Rivera - drums (June 2013–present)
Tony Thaxton - drums (early 2002–March 2013)
Sidney Burgdorf - drums (June 2001–winter 2001)
Andy Gruhn - moog (early 1998)
Joel Habedank - drums (early 1998–winter 2000)
Austin Lindstrom - bass (early 1998–fall 2000, spring 2001–spring 2002)
Matt Potocnik - bass (winter 2000–spring 2001)
Joe Skinner - guitar (fall 1997)
Andy Whitney - drums (fall 1997–early 1998)
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2005 mtvU Woodie Awards
Photo: Scott Gries
- June 2005 - SPIN band of the Month
- 2005 - mtvU Woodie Awards, Breaking Woodie (Best Emerging Artist)
- 2008 - mtvU Woodie Awards, Best Video Woodie for "It Had To Be You"
Talk Show Appearances
- August 17, 2005 - Late Night with Conan O'Brien
- January 20, 2006 - Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- February 2, 2010 - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Band Member Profiles
Joshua Allen Cain
Guitars, Backing Vocals
BORN: July 31, 1976
FROM: Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
HIGH SCHOOL: Central Sr. High School
INFLUENCES/FAVORITE ARTISTS: Fugazi, Superchunk, Jawbox, Dinosaur Jr.
FORMER BANDS/SIDE PROJECTS: Superette, Spread, Boxcar, Saddest Girl Story
EQUIPMENT: Gibson 1965 SG Juniors, Vox Custom Classi Amps, Vex effects pedals, Morley delay pedal, Small Stone phaser, Sennheiser Wireless, Dunlop picks
OTHER: Did a lot of the organizational duties and booked a lot of shows for the band early on.
Jesse Mack Johnson
BORN: June 3, 1977
FROM: Los Angeles, CA/St. Louis, MO/Minneapolis, MN
EDUCATION: James Monroe High School
INFLUENCES/FAVORITE ARTISTS: Elvis Costello, Radiohead, Ben Folds Five
FORMER BANDS/SIDE PROJECTS: Johnny Angel, Champagne Kiss, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Plain, Convulsion Betty, Makeshift (bass)
EQUIPMENT: Realistic Concertmate MG-1, Alesis Micron as a mini-controller for an Alesis NanoPiano, Ampeg SVT 300-watt amp, Ampeg 8x10 cabinet, Boss TU-2 tuner, Small Stone Helectro-Harmonix pedal, Fulltone Fat Boost pedal, Monster cables
OTHER: Loves to play poker, collects vinyl records. Known for doing handstands on his moog ("moogstands") at live shows.
Justin Courtney Pierre
BORN: May 26, 1976
FROM: Minneapolis, MN
EDUCATION: Mahtomedi High School
INFLUENCES/FAVORITE ARTISTS: Superchunk, Jawbox, Fugazi, Ben Folds Five
FORMER BANDS/SIDE PROJECTS: Slide Coaster (vocals, guitar), Farewell Continental (vocals, guitar), The Company We Keep (guitar, lyrics & melody)
EQUIPMENT: Fender Deluxe and Custon Telecasters, Sennheiser Wireless, Sennheiser Microphone, Vox Custom Classic Amps
OTHER: Is really into making movies (if he weren't in a band he would love to be a director) and directed a short film titled Karen, directed the music video for "Big Drag" by Limbeck, also likes reading and Diet Coke.
Matthew Scott Taylor
Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Piano, Percussion
BORN: November 26, 1978
FROM: Richmond, VA
EDUCATION: Atlee High School
INFLUENCES/FAVORITE ARTISTS: Radiohead, the Figuros, the Beatles, Jawbox, Superchunk, The Pixies
FORMER BANDS/SIDE PROJECTS: Submerge, These Enzymes (bass)
EQUIPMENT: Two Fender Geddy Lee Jazz basses, one Fender 1974 Jaguar P bass, Ampeg SVT 300-watt amp, Ampeg 8x10 cabinet, Boss TU-2 tuner, Dunlop Tortex oversized picks
OTHER: Loves coffee (Starbucks), metal music, and Robot Love.
Tony Richard Thaxton
Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
BORN: September 6, 1978 (34 years old)
FROM: Richmond, VA
EDUCATION: Atlee High School
INFLUENCES/FAVORITE ARTISTS: Ben Folds Five, The Beatles, Dave Grohl
FORMER BANDS/SIDE PROJECTS: My Parents' Birthday (guitar), Gregor Samsa (drums), Submerge (drums)
EQUIPMENT: DW Pacific Drum kit: 22-inch kick drum, 10-inch rack tom, 15-inch floor tom, DW 9000 kick drum pedal; Sabian cymbals, Pro-Mark 5B oak drum sticks.
OTHER: Loves Star Wars, The Muppets, alligators, and Mexican food.
Sources: Most of the information on this page came from various interviews with the band that I have read on the internet and their journal entries on their website. Some of the band history and band member history information comes from a very old history/bio section from MCS's website and from Modern Radio. Much of the equipment information comes from an interview in the UK magazine Rock Sound Magazine.