Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Geographer & The Crookes

Geographer & The Crookes

Sun, April 17, 2016

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$15.00

This event is all ages

Geographer
Geographer
In the summer of 2005, after a series of deaths in the family, Michael Deni left his hometown in New Jersey for San Francisco. He spent the next several months with his guitar and a synthesizer, turning that tragedy into the songs that would soon become the foundation for Geographer. With the additions of cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher, Geographer spent the next year cutting their teeth in the Bay Area, winning over crowds with the heart-pounding epics that make up their debut record, ‘Innocent Ghosts’. After being selected one of three ‘Undiscovered Bands You Need To Hear Now’ by SPIN Magazine and garnering considerable word-of-mouth praise from their energetic live shows, the band signed to San Francisco-based label Tricycle Records, releasing a 7” single for the song ‘Kites’ in October 2009. ‘Animal Shapes’ follows up ‘Kites’, building on the synth-driven aesthetic of the single, while irting with darker, more esoteric underpinnings. The record merges Geographer’s aptitude for crafting beautiful, haunting melodies with textural sounds and polyrhythmic energy, marking an evolution of their distinct style. With the overwhelming response to the release of ‘Kites’ and ‘Animal Shapes’, punctuated by a dynamic and engaging live set, the band has already begun to make an indelible mark on the ears of music fans worldwide.
The Crookes
The Crookes
“And I suddenly have one of those moments of clarity where I think “music has brought me here.” If you’re gonna try, go all the way, you know?” - Daniel Hopewell

A poetic lining tinges every note and word of The Crookes’ music with a resonant feeling. Nostalgia, melancholy, and Romance are all adjectives that in one way or another have shaped the band’s persona to date. For George Waite (vocals/bass guitar), Daniel Hopewell (lyrics/guitar), Tom Dakin (guitar), and Adam Crofts (drums), a hard-working and determined ethos is just as familiar and pertinent.

Since their inception during their Sheffield college years, The Crookes dedicated themselves to working hard, writing hard and touring even harder. Addicted to the ‘old school’ way of doing things, the band have recorded three full length albums, an eight track EP, and countless stand alone 7” singles in their six year lifespan. They have travelled the globe, from the North of England via Europe, Tokyo and the U.S, finding their true soul reflected in the fellow outsiders and travellers they meet on their way.

The band has developed loyal and valued support from print, online and radio media around the world, extending to fashion brands such as Burberry and Ben Sherman. BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq called them “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground.” Nylon Magazine labelled them “potential leaders of England's smart, taut ‘New-Pop’ movement" and Popmatters simply insisted they make “near-perfect guitar pop.”

They have played live sessions on BBC Radio stations 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6, and in the U.S. scooped a highly prized KEXP session on their first headline trip to the States. Other U.S. sessions have come from KUTX and KCRW - amongst others - culminating in their third record, ‘Soapbox’, reaching #3 in the FMQB SubModern charts and the top 100 in the CMJ College radio chart.

Their fan base, collectively known around the world as the Bright Young Things, has grown in number and devotion over a six year period of extensive touring, as they often play over 200 shows a year. This work has culminated in sold out concerts around the world, including Amsterdam’s Paradiso, London’s Scala, and Popscene in San Francisco.

The band is looking forward to releasing new material later this year, after experimenting with a purer, more focussed style of songwriting, and paying more attention to its sonic aspects and production values. The Crookes upcoming fourth record follows previous releases ‘Dreams of Another Day’ EP (2010), ‘Chasing After Ghosts’ (2011), ‘Hold Fast’ (2012), and ‘Soapbox’ (2014).
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123