EP REVIEW: Justin Courtney Pierre – The Price Of Salt

Release Date: July 9th 2021
Label: Epitaph Records
Website: www.justincourtneypierre.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jcpmcs


A mere four months since the release of his previous EP, ‘An Anthropologist On Mars’, Motion City Soundtrack frontman Justin Courtney Pierre returns with its follow up. After the pandemic and an unfortunate injury set his plans of a full-length album aside, this second EP offering continues with ‘The Price Of Salt’.

Opener ‘Firehawk’ is an extremely strong contender as the standout on the EP, demonstrating perfectly his talents to pen an idyllic poetic lyric with contagious guitar riffs that will play over and over in your head for hours.

All five tracks on offer here will no doubt be a huge hit with long-standing Motion City Soundtrack fans, especially ‘Get Out Of The Woods’ and ‘The Hunter’. Each track oozes 2000s rock-pop nostalgia, full of big choruses and melodies that will find you bouncing along, eager to see these tracks in their full glory at a show.

Just as the EP begins to pick up pace, ‘Oxygen Tank’ appears to knock it back down before swiftly turning itself into a huge anthemic number. The track features Pierre‘s reoccurring theme of self-awareness (and often self-critical) approach that’s cemented itself throughout his song writing.

Closer ‘At Least It’s Over’ demonstrates perfectly what Pierre does so brilliantly, disguising quite a bleak situation, “At least it’s over / I’ll never understand / Jumping off / I hope to stick the landing”, with an overly upbeat instrumental stirring up a whole barrage of emotions and, in turn, does the opposite of the record’s title and actually leaves you wanting a little more.

Although these past two EPs were never intended to be as such, it seems that Justin Courtney Pierre is on to an impressive streak of putting out more and more great tracks in short succession. Although he’s yet to say what will come next, we can only hope there won’t be too long of a wait until the next release.