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|Origin||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Genres||Indie rock, dream pop, electronic rock|
|Labels||Roll Call, Modern Art, Tricycle, Geographer Music|
Formed in 2007, by Michael Deni who has described his sound as being "soulful music from outer space" using analog, electronic and acoustic elements to craft dense layers and unique sound textures.
As Geographer, Deni has released three full-length albums, Innocent Ghosts in 2008, Myth in 2012, and Ghost Modern in 2015; along with two (EPs), Animal Shapes in 2010, Endless Motion in 2015; 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. He began playing his songs locally in San Francisco at open mic nights--most notably The Hotel Utah, where he met cellist Nathan Blaz and drummer Brian Ostreicher. Blaz and Ostreicher originally met while attending the Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, before moving to San Francisco. After being introduced to Deni at an open-mic night by mutual friend Kacey Johansing, the two would join Deni's live band.
On August 17, 2008, Deni released Innocent Ghosts independently and the band began playing around the San Francisco Bay Area. The release garnered local and national attention with Spin magazine voting the band "[o]ne of the three undiscovered bands you need to hear now".
He then signed with local Bay Area 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, he followed up the single with the release of the six-song EP Animal Shapes. The digital-download version of the record also contained two bonus remixes of the songs "Kites" and "Paris" by fellow Bay Area artists Wallpaper and The Limousines. The album received favorable reviews, landing the band a "Best of" award by the SF Weekly. November 2010 marked the first major tour for the band, supporting Stars on dates across the United States beginning in the Bay Area and ending in Buffalo, NY.
On February 28, 2012, Deni 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. 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 largest audience for which the band had thus far performed. The set featured new songs "Life of Crime," "Lover's Game" and "Kites".
In September 2012, the band announced that it would head out 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 the band On An On. The tour began January 12 at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR, and ended February 1 at 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 31. 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. On January 20, 2015 Paste magazine premiered the single "I'm Ready" and announced his forthcoming full-length LP 'Ghost Modern' to be released in March 2015. Prior to the release of 'Ghost Modern', the band headlined a sold-out show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA as part of the Noise Pop Festival. The show debuted new songs including "Need" and "I'm Ready" which would appear on the upcoming full-length album.
Ghost Modern, Deni's 3rd full-length album was released on March 23 through Roll Call Records. The album featured the previously released single "I'm Ready" as well as recently released singles "Need" and "The Guest". Prior to the release of Ghost Modern, Blaz and Osteicher stepped down as the touring band pursue other projects that prevented them from maintaining the band's rigorous touring schedule. Deni then recruited cellist Joyce Lee, guitarist and bass player Duncan Nielsen and drummer Cody Rhodes as his touring band, headlining shows throughout the United States and SXSW.
Deni released a cover of Paul Simon's "I Know What I Know" through Billboard on October 26, 2015, announcing the release of the upcoming covers EP 'Endless Motion' which features additional covers of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting", New Order's Age of Consent, Felix da Housecat's Ready 2 Wear and Arthur Russell's This Is How We Walk On The Moon.
On December 16, 2016 Deni independently released a new Geographer single for the track "I Want It All"
In live performances, Deni is known to sample and loop his vocals, saxophone, and synthesizers using an Akai MIDI controller. During performances, the cellist uses an NS Designs electric cello, often combined with effects pedals to create unique sounds.
'We've done smaller stuff like [Live 105's] BFD, but OSL is going to be the biggest festival we've ever played.'