Motion Sick - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Sam Stafford of Motion Sick. We discussed writing and recording new song “Yugi Muto”, favorite moments from the song, collaborating with We’re Trying Records, when to expect their upcoming EP, cassette releases, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Absolutely! Thank you for being willing to talk with us!

Can you tell me how you formed the band for those who may be unfamiliar with it? How did you initially become interested in music?

I always had an interest in music production, but I hadn’t really thrown a whole lot together until the end of 2021. In March of 2022, Joey Einberger and I were driving back from a Knuckle Puck show when we were talking about a few demos I had, and we kind of just formed the band right there. Later that year, we met our bassist Sam Hogan because they heard our song “Belmont” and they just naturally fit with what we were doing.

You just released your new song “Yugi Moto”. Can you tell me about writing and recording the song?

I wrote the lyrics after getting ghosted by someone I fell in love with too quickly. We threw the rest of the song together during one of our practice sessions. We felt like the natural next step for our band was to combine our love for midwest emo with the punch of pop punk. “Yugi Muto” captures that very well. The title comes from the fact that I was binge watching the first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! when we were writing this song.

Do you have a favorite lyrical or musical moment from the song? Why? 

My favorite lyrical moment is most definitely the chorus. Whenever I sing it, I can visualize exactly where I was. Sitting in my room, with the glow of my PlayStation lightly illuminating the otherwise dark room. It’s a powerful image. My favorite musical moment has to be the opening of the song. The energy is insane, even during practice. Whenever we play “Yugi Muto” live, it livens up the room. The pit really opens up, people go crazy. We’ve had a couple close calls with injuries during that song! 

You’re working with We’re Trying Records for the release. What made you decide to sign with them?

Our first interaction was when they put our song “Strangers” on their Sad Jams playlist. That led me to see all of the cool things they have been doing with other Michigan bands like FinalBossFight! and Easy Beach. I thought they did a great job supporting their artists, so I emailed them in hopes that they would be willing to work with us. Thankfully, they’ve been super supportive with our questions and goals!

Can we expect more new music this year? Is there any chance that you’re working on an EP or album?

There will absolutely be more new music coming out this year. I can’t disclose too much information about the second half of the year, but we are releasing a new EP on May 12th. It is called “Falling Behind” and we are (of course) releasing it on We’re Trying Records!

Is there any chance that you have plans to release any of your music on vinyl or cassette? How important is having physical media to the band? 

Our new EP will be available on cassette. We will have two variants, translucent blue and translucent orange. Physical media is super important to us, both as a band and as music lovers. It is truly special to see something you have poured hours into take physical form. It is a feeling like no other!

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you to those who have been listening to our music since the beginning, and thank you to new listeners willing to give us a try! You can find us everywhere online @motionsickmi, and make sure to support the wonderful people at We’re Trying Records! 

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