It's getting harder and harder to talk about rock. A few decades ago, bands identified under one genre and it was pretty simple to call them out. Blues. Psychedelic. Heavy metal. Grunge. Punk. Musicians spent their entire careers designing and crafting the meaning of these genres. Now that we're closing in on fifteen years into the new millennium, it's difficult to define where rock is going because every band wants to be their own sub-genre. Every man is looking to find his own sound. It's official. Alternative is the new mainstream rock.
A new band that defines post-millennium rock is Geographer. The group promises to take you on a sonic journey, describing their sound as "soulful music from outer space." They blend guitar, synth, and drums into interesting kaleidoscopic textures. They pair thin, metallic vocals with wandering cello melodies looped over pentatonic synth riffs. Geographer is mapping out their own cosmic sound with each track.
The indie rock band consists of three east coasters who relocated to San Francisco in 2007: Michael Deni (synth, guitar, vocals), Nathan Blaz (synth, cello), and Brian Ostreicher (drums, vocals). Their freshman album, Innocent Ghosts, and follow-up EP, Animal Shapes, earned positive reviews after producing two popular singles, "Kites" and "Paris." In 2011, Geographer signed with Modern Arts Records and began working on their sophomore album, Myth. Their unique sound sets a pensive, melancholy tone, except for "Lover's Game," an electro-dance track that's sure to get you moving. While most of their songs border indie rock and electro-pop, check out "The Myth of Youth" and "Shell Beach," which stand out from the rest of the album with classic rock influences.
Geographer headlined their first tour in 2013 and spent most of 2014 performing with Tokyo Police Club.
Expect more good things to come from Geographer next year! They'll be performing at the highly anticipated Firefly Music Festival this upcoming summer in Delaware alongside household names and other emerging artists.
By Vanessa Cravotta