The Boston music community is home to a number of characters, genres, and tastemakers. Red Eye at the Red Room gathers and strengthens that community by showcasing some of Boston's top acts and photographers. As part of the second round, photographer Kelly Davidson joins the wives and girlfriends of the Motion Sick, Leesa Coyne, Veronica Dole, and Sophia Cacciola to form Dramamine: The Girls of the Motion Sick. Along with This Blue Heaven and Sarah RabDAU and the Self-Employed Assassins, Dramamine will pay tribute (in its own surprise way) to recently retired local music icons the Motion Sick.
The Motion Sick has long been a staple on the Boston rock scene, and the women affiliated with each of the band members have joined forces to lampoon, roast, and just plain make fun of the boys in the band. The Motion Sick is pretty good at playing smart indie rock, but arguably even better at selecting female company. Thus, the Girls of the Motion Sick is packed with talent from local rock bands, including Coyne and Davidson (Naked on Roller Skates), Cacciola (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling), and Dale (The Future Everybody). Together, they will perform a full set of the Motion Sick's songs in their own style and by their own rules.
Sarah Rabdau and the Self-Employed Assassins formed on the internet while drummer Matt Graber was living in Israel, and singer/songwriter and piano-wielder Rabdau was looking for players in her home base of Boston. Three years ago Graber returned to Massachusetts so the dynamic duo could assemble its eponymous debut. The album, brimming with passionate pop, showcases Rabdau's stellar voice aching and exalting against Graber's frenetic yet melodic drumming. The Daily News has dubbed the duo a "pitch-perfect team," and the video for "Autumn Spills" earned the audience award for Best Music Video at SENE Film Festival.
This Blue Heaven is female-fronted power pop bursting from the heart of the Boston indie rock scene. Catchy but never canned, the quintet's rich, melodic songs about light and love, delivered with brazen innocence by frontwoman MacKenzie Outlund, beckon you into a vibrant world of shimmering guitars, hooky synths, and driving beats. The group's latest project is Spinning and Shining, a five-song EP produced by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies), released locally in August 2010.