The Motion Sick

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The Motion Sick
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genres Alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk
Years active 2006–2010
Past members

The Motion Sick was an indie rock band formed in Boston around 2006 known for "infectious, upbeat pop"[1] and melancholy lyrics.[2] The band released two full-length albums, Her Brilliant Fifteen (2006) and The truth will catch you, just wait... (2008) as well as a split 7" with Golden Bloom (2010) and an EP of novelty songs (2010).

They sprung into notoriety after being featured as band of the month in SPIN Magazine[3] in early 2006 and were selected as the best unsigned band in Boston by commercial radio station WFNX during the Last Band Standing competition.[4] They also won The Boston Phoenix Best Local Band 2009 honor.[5]

In 2008, the lead single from their second album, "30 Lives" aired extensively on TV stations around the world including MTV, Fuse TV, and MuchMusic.[6] The song and video were noted for featuring a reference to using a video game code (The Konami Code) to get 30 lives to spend with a partner. The music video is a satire of 1950s and 1980s high-school movies and musicals and contains references to Grease, Back to the Future, Weird Science, and others.[7] In late 2008, the song and video were included in several releases of the video game Dance Dance Revolution: DDR X (Arcade game and PlayStation 2) and DDR Universe 3[8] (Xbox 360).

The Motion Sick has been on indefinite hiatus since 2010, reuniting for a one-off show in 2013.[9]


Studio albums[edit]



  • "Satellite" (2006)
  • "Pre-Existing Condition" (2006)
  • "30 Lives" (2008)


  • "Winged Bicycle" on Consequence of Sound Anniversary Mix Tape (2008)

Music videos[edit]

Video Album Recorded in Director
"Satellite" The Motion Sick 2006 Gem
"Pre-Existing Condition" The Motion Sick 2006 Gem
"30 Lives" The Motion Sick 2008 Neil Forman
"Aquaman's Lament" The Motion Sick 2010 Leesa Coyne
"I Grew A Mustache" The Motion Sick 2010 Michael J. Epstein


  1. ^ Perry, Jonathan (November 13, 2009). "Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ "Boston Globe".
  3. ^ "SPIN Magazine".
  4. ^ "Last Band Standing".
  5. ^ "Boston Phoenix".
  6. ^ "The Motion Sick Video Airplay".
  7. ^ "The Motion Sick "30 Lives" Video".
  8. ^ "Track List for DDR Universe 3".
  9. ^ "The Motion Sick redeem extra lives, reunite this Saturday @ Brighton Music Hall".

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