[dropcap]B[/dropcap]ack in 2007, Boston indie rock band The Motion Sick released their second LP, The Truth Will Catch You, Just Wait, led by the bouncy pop single “30 Lives.” So we waited, and eventually got the Novelty Songs: Volume One EP, which included the unforgettable “Aquaman’s Lament.” We waited some more, and then… nothing.
The Motion Sick’s mustachioed maestro Michael J. Epstein went on to launch a million other bands (most notably headline-writer nightmares Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and The Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library), but being caught by that bastard called truth just never materialized.
Now, as our “30 Lives” are set to expire — and suspiciously a few days after hackers sprang raptors via the Konami Code to the Vogue UK homepage — the Motion Sick are back, reunited for one night only after three years of dormancy, this Saturday night at Brighton Music Hall in student-free Allston Village.
What’s really special about the reunion is that the entire lineup pays tribute to the Motion Sick’s musical lineage in the time since their hiatus began three years ago, with each opener featuring a former member of the band: Parks, celebrating the release of their new “Sweater Weather”/”Modern Fiction” 7-inch, features bassist Matthew Girard; the Michael J. Epstein Memorial Library boasts Epstein (like, duh); This Blue Heaven employs drummer Travis Richter; and Wash Pool features guitarist Patrick Mussari.
That’s pretty cool. Also cool? We’re giving away a Parks 7-inch and two passes to the show. Just email email@example.com with PARKS in the subject line and we’ll select one winner at random Friday afternoon.
In the meantime, let’s get into some songs. And first up, is This Blue Heaven’s enchanting new single, “Goodbye Juliet,” which was premiered this past weekend on Anngelle Wood’s Boston Emissions on WZLX. It’s pretty like a princess.
And now, for the reunited headliners, who I think I last saw when we released the “30 Lives” video together at the Pill back in September 2007. Holy smokes that feels like ages ago!