Influenced by the likes of Electric Light Orchestra, New Order, and Flaming Lips, Geographer is one of America’s best kept pop secrets. Their sound bustles with high level energy and continually tests audiences predictions, taking emotionally bare themes and pitting them against upbeat summery tracks.
Front man and leading creative force, Michael Deni formed Geographer in 2007. Initially the project acted as a medium through which Deni channeled his emotions relating to the inter-turmoil eroding his family; however, once he moved from New Jersey to San Francisco it started to take on a new and more intricate form. While in San Francisco Deni befriended two former students of the Berklee College of Music, Nathan Blaz and Brian Ostreicher. The two aspiring musicians met Deni at one of his open mic shows, and not long after joined Geographer.
The band independently released their debut album “Innocent Ghosts” on 17 August 2008 and started a regional tour in support of it. Though the album did not tap into the mainstream it received high praise from various renowned publications such as Spin who cited Geographer as “one of the three bands you need to hear now”. The group’s profile was also boosted as a result of one of their songs “The Morning” being featured in the film “New York, I Love You”.
In 2009 the group entered in a recording contract with the label Tricycle Records and by the year’s end released the 7” single, which featured an original “Kite” and a cover of New Order’s “Age of Consent”. The following year Geographer issued their six song EP “Animal Shapes” to critical acclaim, particularly earning recognition from SF Weekly. At this point their music was being heavily circulated through various add campaigns and media outlets, obtaining featured spots in the MTV series “Awkward” and “The Buried Life”.
By the time Geographer released their next studio album “Myth”, they had switched from Tricycle Records to the New York label Modern Art Records. The album’s lead single “Life of Crime” was mixed by Chris Zane (who has in the past handled works by tUnE-yArDs, Passion Pit, and Deerhoof).
After the release of “Myth” the group went on a five week tour with Miniature Tigers. In addition to their extensive touring they have played various festivals such as SXSW, Treasure Island Music Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, alongside artists like Atlas Sound, Stars, Toro y Moi, and Tokyo Police Club. The band has also provided several well received covers such as Kate Bush’s “Cloudbusting” and Arthur Russell’s “This Is How We Walk On The Moon”.