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Golden Bloom, Motion Sick team up for split effort

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Golden Bloom and The Motion Sick have taken a different approach to the split-single concept.

Instead of contributing one original song to the project, each band covered a tune from the other’s catalog.

Agreeing to the project was a no-brainer for The Motion Sick’s Mike Epstein.

“All of us in The Motion Sick are big Golden Bloom fans,” the singer/guitarist says. “We’ve always been excited when we have a chance to do shows together.”
As for the decision to record Golden Bloom’s “Doomsday Devices,” Epstein says, “It’s one of those songs that [makes me] think, ‘Damn, I wish I had written that.’ ”

Golden Bloom leader Shawn Fogel (above) says that one of the reasons why he was attracted to the split-single cover project – his group recorded “30 Lives” — was to hear the different sonic approaches.

“Writing-wise, either song would fit right in on a Golden Bloom or Motion Sick album,” Fogel says, “but in the studio, we could take each others’ music in really different directions. Hearing my own music played back through speakers is amazing enough; hearing my song shaped by someone else equally creative is a mind-melting experience.”

The Golden Bloom/Motion Sick split single will be released digitally on Feb. 16, with physical copies only available at shows.

The bands are accepting cover art submissions through Dec. 15.

— By Chris M. Junior

Photo of Shawn Fogel by Alicia J. Rose

Golden Bloom/The Motion Sick on tour (schedule subject to change):

* Dec. 12: Bar Matchless – Brooklyn
* Feb. 19: The Middle East — Boston