The Motion Sick: The Motion Sick wishes you a happy new year, performs some covers

First, we want to let you know about an awesome show we’ve got coming up. The show theme is “Influenza,” but we promise that there is no illness involved. Instead, we’ll be performing an hour-long set comprised of half original songs and half covers by artists that have influenced our songwriting. As most of you know, we play relatively few covers (with the exception of our Halloween Poison set in 2007). This is therefore a rare opportunity to see us do a set like this. In addition, these performances will include each member of the band taking lead vocal duties.

01/29/09 Influenza: Artists playing the songs they deem most influential alongside their own material

This night is presented by Aloud, Northeastern Performer and Powderfinger Promotions.

Great Scott

1222 Commonwealth Ave

Allston, MA

w/ Thick as Thieves and Aloud

18+ / $10

We also want to throw out a big thank you for your tremendous support in 2008:

-We began the year with the release of our second album The truth will catch you, just wait… released on Naked Ear Records, produced primarily by Barry Marshall and Jordan Tishler.

-The album received outstanding reviews and occupied the CMJ College Radio charts for 8 weeks!

-Our music video for “30 Lives” (directed by Neil Forman) aired on major television networks around the world including MTV Latin America, Fuse, and MuchMusic

-We undertook our biggest tour yet, traveling down to Austin, TX and back, video and text blogging the whole way around!

-Soon after we returned from tour, we learned that we had won Konami’s contest seeking new music to include in their Dance Dance Revolution Video Game Series. “30 Lives (Up-Up-Down-Dance Mix)” (Produced by Anthony Resta with Rich Curtis and Matthew Girard) is now out on the Playstation 2 (DDR X), XBox 360 (DDR Universe 3), Arcades in Japan (DDR X), and will be released later this year in Arcades in Europe and North America (DDR X)

-A few short weeks later, we turned 100! Many of you attended our sold out 100th show with Shawn Fogel of Golden Bloom, Static of the Gods, and Pela

-We almost got to open for Coldplay

-We played the (possibly insane) Ash Wednesdays residency at Church, which saw us (and a lot of you) dressing up as Beachgoers (Splash Wednesday), Tennis Stars (Arthur Ashe Wednesday), Superheroes (The Flash Wednesday), and Mustachioed gents (‘Stache Wednesday). We also recorded 4 novelty theme songs for this purpose. See and hear it all here.

-We were finalists in the SPIN Magazine Hot Pursuit Contest to find the best unsigned band in the U.S. to award a contract with Epic. Sadly, we forfeited because we didn’t feel comfortable with the Epic contract. Still, we got reviewed by their awesome judges: BUTCH WALKER, PETER MOREN, AMANDA PALMER, and DOUG BROD.

-We released our latest single, “Winged Bicycle” as part of a compilation celebrating Consequence of Sound’s first anniversary.

-We had a couple of songs on the PBS TV show “Roadtrip Nation”

-We were finalists in the Pick the Band contest and almost got to open for Black Kids and Vampire Weekend

-We performed outside at Patriot Place at Gillette Stadium

-We told you to vote and to not vote

-We showed up on a bunch of Best of 2008 lists

-We also got to perform this year opening for some of our favorite bands: Dead Confederate, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ha Ha Tonka, Dear Leader, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s (Dec. 2007), and Le Loup (Dec. 2007)

We thank you all once again for making 2008 an excellent year for The Motion Sick. We enter 2009 with great excitement about another tour and new songs. We look forward to seeing you all and hope your year is off to a great start.

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