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The Motion Sick

Artist Genre: Rock - Alt/Indie

Fans also think: Pop and Singer-Songwriter

Sounds Like: The Arcade Fire, Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley, The Violent Femmes


Age Appropriateness: All Ages


Artist Age: 20 Something

Artist Location: Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, United States


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Man, these lryics and vibes are just plain great!
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The Motion Sick is a socially aware, DIY indie rock band with a focus on
dynamic, diverse music, energetic live shows, and insightful lyrics.

Despite just breaking into the scene this year with the release of their debut album,
Her Brilliant Fifteen, The Motion Sick has already garnered substantial national
press highlighted by several mentions in SPIN magazine including the half-page
honor of being selected as "band of the month" as a result of an initial "band of the
day" feature on and a track in a "Spin Essential Mix – Music You Need to
Download Now!"

The album has received airplay and charting (including several CMJ Top 30 #1s) on
dozens of college and commercial stations nationwide including several prominent
Boston stations: WFNX, WBCN, WERS, WMFO, and WMBR. In addition to airplay,
the band, critically cited for its energetic live performances, has recently completed
its first tour and signed a publishing deal with Blue Scout Music.

All in all, it's pretty clear that The Motion Sick, a band whose name is derived from
Victorian-era pirate slang for stowaways, won't make anyone queasy with their
debut LP, Her Brilliant Fifteen. With nods to the popular music of the 50s, 60s, and
80s (the omission of the 70s was quite intentional), Her Brilliant Fifteen still
manages to rise above the current recycled-rock trend to provide a refreshing, and
often surprising, blend of hipster indie pop/rock, alt-rock, alt-country, and all with a
sprinkling of old-school punk attitude. The strong focus of the band is on lyrical
insightfulness and candor. Her Brilliant Fifteen is loaded with introspective stabs
and clever quips and has the narrative power to draw in a broad range of listeners,
young and old.

"After suggesting another Chris Carrabba copycat, The Motion Sick overturn a dumpster full
of chunky guitar fuzz, smooshing his pompadoured noggin." – Spin Magazine, March 2006

"Nerd Rock at its finest." – Spin Magazine, April 2006

"…threads glimmering pop hooks with a hipster sensibility and the odd lick of alt-country
jangle..." – Boston Magazine, April 2006

"This is a quirky, fun, emotional indie pop album loaded with irresistible hooks and
infectious melodies." - Impact Press

"…there remains a shred of hope that new generations of social-minded indie bands lurk in
the shadows…" -

"…the band charms its way through it all, allowing their addictive choruses to linger long
after the album is over…" –


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