After much wait and anticipation, Geographer finally performed in New York City and I had the privilege of being a part of their audience. Being that it was their first concert in New York, there was no surprise that it was a sold-out show, with a packed venue consisting of young adults, excited and animated to hear the indie rock band Geographer perform.
Geographer, consisting of Michael Deni (vocalist, synthesizer and guitarist), Nathan Blaz (cellist and synthesizer) and Brian Ostreicher (drummer) started out as a solo act. Michael and his synthesizer in hand, he made his way from one open mic night to another. But luckily, in 2007, Michael met Nathan and Brian, through mutual friends, and have been collaborating together ever since. So far they have released two albums, Innocent Ghost (2008) and Myth (2012), as well as an EP album titled, Animal Shapes (2010). With their uniquely, haunted, emotional lyrics, synth-infused melodies, and angelic voices it is no shock that according to Spin Magazine, Geographer is known as the “undiscovered band you must hear”.
On that Saturday night at Bowery Ballroom, I can attest that Spin Magazine’s statement was accurate. Geographer immediately took the attention of the audience, starting off the night with “Lover’s Of Games” and “The Myth of Youth”. As they finished up “The Myth of Youth”, Michael makes a shout out to his mother in the audience, checking up on her and seeing how she likes the show thus far. In which she replies with a smile and thumbs of approval.
Towards the middle of the show, Michael asks the lighting tech if they can shut off the lights and continues to sing in sheer darkness. With their angelic voices soaring through the venue and the exceptional textural sounds beating through my eardrums. I can honestly state, that I have never felt so transfixed and captivated in the lyrics and melody as I did in that moment.
As they finish up “Shell Beach” and make their way off stage. Leaving the audience, eager for more, Geographer encores with a cover of “This Is How We Walk on the Moon” and ended the night off with one of their famous songs, “Original Sin”. It is clear from the audience’s reaction that night , that Geographer is definitely on the brink of changing their status as an “undiscovered band” to a great discovered band.
1. Life of Crime
2. The Myth of Youth
4. The Boulder
6. Lover’s Game
8. Night Winds
11. Shell BeachEncore:
1. This Is How We Walk on the Moon (Arthur Russell Cover)
2. Original Sin