The Motion Sick
This week marks the final installment of the Ash Wednesday Residency at Church, which is the work of local swoon-poppers the Motion Sick. Since the only thing better than themed shows are rhyming themed shows, this particular series has double the potential. So far the band have rocked through “Splash Wednesday” (a beach-themed show), “Arthur Ashe Wednesday” (that’d be tennis), and “The Flash Wednesday” (superheroes in the house); this week it’s “Stashe Wednesday” (hold onto your handlebars). If the stylings of the Sick are as yet unknown to you, click on and discover one of Boston’s richest pop resources — along with a couple of friends who’ll be at this week’s show and a nifty side project.
The Motion Sick, “30 Lives”
Wanna get in on the music-licensing boom? Be smart like the Motion Sick. They did a punchy update of a wistful shoo-wop sound, themed the ditty after the payoff of the most famous cheat code in history (Konami’s Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A — start), and, bam!: “30 Lives” is now your new favorite song to Dance Dance Revolution to.
Mieka Pauley, “Secret”
If you’re still walking around Boston not knowing who Mieka Pauley is, we really need to do something about that. Her latest, Elijah Drop Your Gun, takes all the smoldering soul of her voice and all the concise urgency of her songwriting and soups them up with more straight-up rock gusto than her largely acoustic past had prepped us for.
Brendan Boogie Band, “Cigarette”
Where Scamper once scampered, the Brendan Boogie Band now, uh, boogie. Self-described as “one emotionally needy man’s attempt to win your undying approval,” the BBB’s output is actually a far merrier affair. Here, we find Mr. Boogie tenderly likening a lover to a cancer stick while not so tenderly ravaging the inventory of qualifying metaphors.
Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling, “First We Take Manhattan”
Although they’re not part of the Stashe Wednesday line-up themselves, DNFMOMD are a Motion Sick offshoot worth keeping an eye on — especially if you have a predilection for drama, or angry screaming. Here, Sophia Bliss (Blitzkriegbliss) and the Sick’s Michael Epstein team up to offer a cover of “Manhattan” so anguished it makes Leonard Cohen sound like Mother Goose.