This week’s episode of The Bay Bridged Podcast is presented by KQED Interactive.
This week, our podcast features San Francisco indie rockers Geographer, a guitar-cello-drums trio gaining buzz around the Bay for their dynamic indie pop sound. The band’s frequently hushed vocals, personal lyrics and intimate melodies betray singer/songwriter Mike Deni’s past involvement in the local folk scene, through which he met collaborators like Kacey Johansing (who sings lead vocals on several songs) and developed some of the songs that have since evolved into Geographer’s seriously anthemic music.
That evolution can be attributed to Deni’s love of synths and the impressive chops of Berklee-trained bandmates Nathan Blaz (cello, electronics) and Brian Ostreicher (drums). As we learned during our interview with Mike and Nathan, they’ve been influenced by compositional electronic music, an inspiration evident in the group’s dynamic crescendos and synth layering. The guys are continuing to explore these elements as they further develop their sound.
To the band’s credit, Geographer has received a substantial amount local press prior to releasing an album. Their debut, tentatively titled Innocent Ghosts, is nearly complete, and the trio expects to release it later this summer. Meanwhile, they’ll be taking an initial Pacific Northwest tour in June while continuing to play around the Bay.
Thursday, May 22nd
Sophiaâ€™s (Davis, CA)
with Salt & Samovar
Wednesday, June 11th
Annieâ€™s Social Club
with Two Sheds, Friday Mile, and Marabelle Phoenix
– Geographer’s MySpace page and (under construction) web site