April 19, 2007

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Album first, then fans
The Motion Sick cut their teeth in the studio
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Most bands take the same approach to establish themselves — play a couple gigs, build a local following and then get into the studio for recording. But The Motion Sick, an alternative indie rock band from Boston, went about things their own way.

“It’s kind of an interesting process. We made a record as a studio project first and then started playing out after that,” said Michael Epstein with The Motion Sick.

By no means is The Motion Sick the first to take this approach. But they are probably one of the few to actually succeed with this backwards approach to the music industry.

The Motion Sick, released their studio project, Her Brilliant Fifteen, a little more than a year ago.

They also received several positive reviews from regional magazines and from publications such as Spin Magazine, which featured them as “Band of the Month” for April 2006, only a few months after their first release.

Now they’re in the process of releasing another album (not yet titled) and hope to have it ready by September.

“Last time it was more of a collective project and the band wasn’t strictly defined at that point. It’s a much different experience this time because we’ve been playing together for a while now and there’s a lot more input from everyone else,” Epstein said.

The Motion Sick is Epstein taking lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Mussari on guitar, Matthew Girard on bass and backup vocals, and Travis Richter on drums.

The Motion Sick plays a diverse range of music from alternative country to pop-oriented tracks to some songs a little more on the punk side and even some leaning toward something like a ’50s slow dance song.

“The majority of our stuff is kind of pop-oriented and catchy, but at the same time we like to make sure there’s a little bit of ear candy and some interesting texturing. The guitarist also does a lot of noise-making and feedback,” Epstein said.

The Motion Sick even plays some cover material, like “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division, which they also plan on covering on the new album.

“I think people are surprised because we have an acoustic guitar so it makes them think we’re going to be a folk-type band but we work hard to break from that and make sure they get the full band experience. The sound is definitely a little more crafted than just a songwriter with a backing band,” Epstein said.

Athough the new album will be released by Naked Ear Records, The Motion Sick is an unsigned and independent band at this time.

Love will tear them apart
Who: The Motion Sick, Fugitive Kind, Research Has Shown, Fetish Chicken
When: Saturday, April 21, starting at 9 p.m.
Where: Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444.
For more information: Music samples and show listings for The Motion Sick are available at themotionsick.com or myspace.com/themotionsick.