Geographer is an American indie rock band based in San Francisco, California.
Formed in 2007, the band consists of Michael Deni (vocals, guitars, synthesizers), Nathan Blaz (cello, synthesizers) and Brian Ostreicher (drums, vocals).
Band members have described their sound as being "soulful music from outer space" using analog, electronic and acoustic elements to craft dense layers and unique sound textures.
Geographer has released two full-length albums, Innocent Ghosts in 2008 and Myth in 2012; one extended-play (EP) album, Animal Shapes in 2010; and a 7" single, Kites in 2009.
Deni relocated to San Francisco from New Jersey to escape strife within his family, and after finding a synthesizer on the street, he began to channel his experiences into the songs that would become Innocent Ghosts.
Blaz and Ostreicher originally met while attending the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to San Francisco. The two were introduced to Deni who was playing open-mic nights at a local venue.
On August 17, 2008, the band released Innocent Ghosts independently and began playing around the San Francisco Bay Area. The release garnered local and national attention with Spin magazine voting the band "one of the three undiscovered bands you need to hear now".
The band signed with local label Tricycle Records, and in December 2009, released a 7" single for the song "Kites" with a cover of the English rock band New Order's "Age of Consent" as the B-side.
In 2010, the band followed up with the release of the six-song EP album Animal Shapes. The digital-download version of the record also contained two bonus remixes of the songs "Kites" and "Paris". The album received favorable reviews, landing the band a "Best of" award by the SF Weekly.
In March 2011, the band signed with Modern Art Records, based in New York City, New York.
In December 2011, Paste magazine released the single "Life of Crime" from the band's forthcoming full-length album Myth, to be released by Modern Art Records.
On February 28, 2012, the band released Myth. In March of the same year, the band embarked on a five-week U.S. tour with labelmate indie-pop band Miniature Tigers.
The band has played and toured with:
Foster the People,
Tokyo Police Club,
Toro y Moi,
The band has played multiple North American music festivals as well, including Outside Lands, the Decibel Festival, Noise Pop, the Treasure Island Music Festival, the MidPoint Music Festival, BFD, Stern Grove Festival as well as Fun Fun Fun Fest and SXSW in Austin, Texas.
In live performances, Deni is known to sample and loop his vocals, saxophone, and synthesizers using an Akai MIDI controller. During performances, Blaz uses an NS Designs electric cello, often combined with effects pedals to create unique sounds.
On August 11, 2012, the band played a set on the Twin Peaks Stage at the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, in San Francisco, the biggest audience for which the band had thus far performed. "Life of Crime," "Lover's Game" and "Kites" were the songs that saw the most audience participation, including dancing and singing along.
In September 2012, the band announced that it would embark on a 21-date U.S. tour with indie-rock band Freelance Whales. The tour began October 4 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, Illinois, and ended November 3 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston.
The band embarked on their first headlining tour of the western United States in 2013 with Chicago-based band On An On. The tour began January 12th at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR, and ended February 1st at the The Echo in Los Angeles, CA. The tour was a success for the band, selling out venues across the U.S. including their homecoming show at the historic Fillmore on January 31st. The band continued touring throughout 2013 in the U.S. and Canada with support from GRMLN and Royal Bangs
The band announced on its website in March 2014 that they would be supporting Tokyo Police Club on their North American tour.
"The Morning" was used in the official trailer for the anthology romantic comedy-drama film (consisting of eleven short films) New York, I Love You (2009),
"Paris" was sampled in the hip-hop song Impossible by G-Side,
"Kites", "Verona", and "Paris" were featured in Season 2 (2010) of MTV's reality-television series The Buried Life,
"Can't You Wait" was featured in Pixar's It Gets Better anti-gay-bullying campaign video,
"Original Sin" was featured in MTV's teen comedy television series Awkward,
"Original Sin" was featured in Buuteeq's DMS Hero Video,
"Age of Consent" was used in Apple's iPad Mini feature spot on Apple's website,
"Original Sin" was used in The CW's Star Crossed Season 01, Episode 05