Geographer + On An On @ The Echo, LA 2/1/13
It’s no secret that the Owl Nest has been a massive supporter of the San Francisco three-piece Geographer since we first covered them in 2008. Five years later and we are still just as excited as ever. Friday night they closed out their first headlining tour with a sold-out show at The Echo.
Having just released their debut album Give In last Tuesday, Chicagoans On An On were a sweet treat to open the show. Frontman Nate Eiesland’s ambrosial voice at times resembled a blend between Justin Vernon and Imogen Heap (yes, Imogen Heap). Trust us you will want to keep an eye on this band in the coming months.
It’s hard to believe that this was merely the first headlining tour on which Geographer has embarked, with three stellar albums under their belt. As Mike Deni, Nathan Blaz, and Brian Ostreicher took to the tiny stage, the excitement of the crowd was palpable. Deni’s celestial voice floated throughout the room effortlessly embedding itself under every patron’s skin and inciting goosebumps. Through the fierce rhythms of Ostreicher on drums and the ethereal cello and synths of Blaz, the trio melded together to set the crowd into a foot-shuffling trance.
The sublime feeling in the air clearly radiated from Geographer’s tight and energizing performance, summed up by Deni’s totally spontaneous and joyous stage dive into the crowd. The live performance reinforced our feelings that Geographer is the type of band that prefers to simmer, unlike many acts who blow up after just one album release. It is for this reason that we have stood by this act for years and will continue to do so for many years to come.
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