Our latest Bay Bridged Presents show celebrates the release of Innocent Ghosts, the debut album from San Francisco indie pop-rock trio Geographer. Formerly known as both Parasol and The Rooftop Vigil, these guys have been winning fans around the Bay at their acclaimed live shows, and the album’s addictive, layered melodies are sure to see the band reach now reach an even bigger audience.

The show’s actually a winning bill from beginning to end, with a headlining performance by Oakland string rock trio Judgement Day. Brothers Anton and Lewis Patzner have lent their strings to a who’s who of indie rock (including recent touring with Mates of State), but their own music captures the sweeping melodic intensity in the common ground of classical music and heavy instrumental rock. The band is preparing to release their second full length album later this year, which means plenty of new songs showcasing their musical evolution from “string metal” into something more diverse and even more exciting.

The Bay Bridged Presents:

Judgement Day
Geographer (CD Release)

Sunday, August 17th
Cafe du Nord
9pm, $10, 21+

Buy advanced tickets here!

About the bands:

In less capable hands, a genre like “string metal” might be more gimmick than substance. Headliners Judgement Day, however, use their unique instrumentation to maximize complexity and intensity, forging an entirely new sound in the process. Their new material sees the group further mining dark heavy rock territory, with a variety of tempos and sounds. “These maestros of doom-drenched sounds make thrilling new contributions to the canon of evil.” (SF Bay Guardian) “A technically impressive, highly amusing, and genuinely righteous shredfest.” (East Bay Express)

Geographer‘s debut album presents the band as dynamic songwriters and sound sculptors with an ear for severely infectious, radio-ready melodies. With a compelling mix of soaring anthems and intimate moments, Innocent Ghosts is a highly auspicious debut for this talented trio. “Flawless sound…beautiful vocals…real, raw talent…utterly beautiful.” (West Coast Performer) “Threading male-female vocal interplay with soulful cello playing,

[Geographer] manages to create a delicate balance of texture and emotion without coming across as sappy.” (let’ssexyfighting)

It’s not hyperbole to call Cotillion an indie supergroup, as the relatively new project featuring members of Bright Eyes, The Botticellis and Judgement Day. Instead of sounding like any of those groups, however, the group’s woozy, melodic psych-folk is something entirely new and worth showing up early to see.