The Motion Sick: The Motion Sick’s final shows (for an indefinite time) / new projects by TMS members (including Neutral Uke Hotel)

Hello Friends!

Just wanted to give you all a quick update to let you know what we’re up to. The Motion Sick has decided to wrap up the 4-song recording we’re working on, play a couple more shows, and then take an indefinite-length break. So, if you want to see us perform live, now is the time!

Matt and I (Mike here) are embarking this week on a brief tour with Neutral Uke Hotel, a project organized by Shawn Fogel of Golden Bloom. You probably remember Shawn and Golden Bloom from the fancy split 7″ we released earlier this year for which we covered GB’s “Doomsday Devices” and GB covered TMS’ “30 Lives.” More info:

Neutral Uke Hotel Tour dates
6/15/10 – The Mercury Lounge, NYC, NY (9:00pm)
*6/16/10 – The Rongovian Embassy, Trumansburg, NY (9:00pm)
*6/18/10 – The Bacardi Stage at Yonge Dundas Square, Toronto, ON (2:00pm)
6/18/10 – The Painted Lady, Toronto, ON (9:00pm)
*6/20/10 – Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY (9:00pm)
6/22/10 – The Khyber, Philadelphia, PA (8:00pm)
6/23/10 – The Acoustic Cafe, Bridgeport, CT (8:00pm)
6/25/10 – The Basement, Northampton, MA (10:00pm) (Sadly, Mike will be missing this one)
The starred dates will also include the performance of a few of The Motion Sick’s songs on the ukulele.

The last two TMS shows before we take a break are, perhaps appropriately, at TT the Bear’s, the same place where we held our first real full show (CD release for Her Brilliant Fifteen):
07/16/10 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA w/ Sidewalk Driver, Brendan Boogie & the Best Intentions, Leo Blais

09/18/10 TT the Bear’s Cambridge, MA Virgo-a-go-go! 18+

Naturally, you’ll be hearing a lot more about these shows as the dates approach!

I also thought this would be a great opportunity to tell you about some of the projects that members of The Motion Sick are involved with, so you can check out some more of what we’ve got going on. We’re definitely not resting on our laurels!

Patrick is currently busy preparing a clone army for takeover of the outer rim of the galaxy. If he succeeds, we will all be intergalactic slaves. I know I’m rooting for him!

Travis is playing guitar in Naked on Roller Skates, a band fronted by the extraordinarily talented Leesa, director of the music video for The Motion Sick’s “Aquaman’s Lament.” Travis is also playing drums in The Backup Factor, a band formed by Sarah Korval, formerly of Okay Thursday (a band that several of us were involved with).

Matt is rocking the bass for The Future Everybody, a band formed by a couple former members of Boston pop rockers Scamper. As noted earlier, Matt is rocking the trumpet for Neutral Uke Hotel and he has also been playing bass in The Backup Factor.

Mike (that’s me) is currently auditioning female librarians for his all-XX-chromosome (apart from Mike) project, The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library. Mike also plays a sort of hybridized bass (through a guitar and bass rig) in Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling, a duo thematically based on ’60s spy-fi TV series The Prisoner. The other half of DNFMOMD is Sophia Cacciola, writer of The Motion Sick’s “Jean-Paul” (and guest vocalist on the recording). Mike also plays baritone ukulele in Neutral Uke Hotel.

Rock on!