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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Motion Lines (mōSH(ə)n lahyns)

Recommended if you like: The Cure, New Order, Cocteau Twins

Story behind your band/artist name: Chris and Patrick grew up with comics and are big fans of the medium. They chose the name Motion Lines--the technique used to depict movement in comics. In comic terms, Motion Lines are sometimes called movement lines, speed lines, or action lines, but I guess those names weren't as appealing.

Band Members: Patrick Sullivan - Synthesizers, Bass; Chris McCrea - Vocals, Guitar; Carson McCain - Vocals, Drums, Synthesizers

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Originally from Northern Virginia, Motion Lines is most active in DC's U street corridor venues but isn't above playing house shows or community events.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. None of the three of us agree on which spot has the best falafel in DC
2. For our next show, we'll be playing with Fugazi alumni! 
3. We were excited to play one of our favorite divey spots, The Velvet Lounge. We were deep into July and it was hot and sticky. We were all soaked with sweat after loading our gear up the Velvet Lounge steps to the second floor where the stage is. We were a little bummed because Ariel Pink was playing around the block at the 9:30 club, and we wouldn't be able to catch the show because of our gig. We had a nice sound check despite loud cracks of thunder from outside and a drippy ceiling. After the place started to fill up, we got the go ahead to take the stage and kick off our set. We picked up our instruments and settled into place. As our guitarist plucked the first note of our first song, the lights went out. A bout of lightening had knocked out the power. Folks were friendly but without AC it soon became uncomfortably hot. The venue offered us warm beer and we chatted in the dark for a bit before realizing we might still be able to catch Ariel Pink's show. We dashed out into the thunder and hurricane winds and scurried up to the 9:30 club only to find they had lost power as well and that droves of disappointed concert goers were flooding the stormy street. Alas, no gig and no Ariel Pink. Oh well.

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: post-punk, new wave, synth pop, goth, shoegaze,