Geese reignites Brooklyn’s Indie-Rock hype machine
Two months ago a new group from Brooklyn called Geese dropped his first single “Disco,” a six-minute avalanche of looping post-punk and biting prog-rock – imagine if The Strokes made a Yes record – that has left many indie fans wondering: What is it… and where can I get more?
The song jabs and grooves, traversing half a dozen distinct passages as it reflects the jagged rise and fall of a dysfunctional relationship. “You’re not afraid of my anger anymore, so I don’t think it’s going to be able to work out on its own,” sings frontman Cameron Winter with heavy affectation, channeling The Fall’s Mark E. Smith and Mick Jagger.
Above all, “Disco” feels urgent, a song that insists on being heard on its first high strum – much like the rest of the band’s upcoming debut album, a whirlwind, wacky nine-track effort called Projector, which falls on October 29, they announced on Tuesday.
This immediacy, especially with “Disco”, was not fabricated.
“We didn’t have time to rehearse the song, so we were like, ‘Well, if we can play it without a mistake, it’ll be the tape,’” said Winter. TOURNAMENT. “Because we literally didn’t have time to do anything else. “
So the version of “Disco” that everyone’s talking about was the song’s first and only good take?
Yes, and it’s crazy.
But that’s life when you’re five teenagers in the city, cramming in as much check-in time as possible after school, before the neighbors tell you to shut it down.
Geese is Winter (vocals, keyboard); Gus Green (guitar); Foster Hudson (guitar); Dom DiGesu (bass) and Max Bassin (drums). The five members are 18 and 19, are originally from New York (Hudson spent some time in New Jersey) and recently graduated from high school in the city.
The brief history of the group is refreshing and organic; no TikTok superstar or YouTube virality. They all went to school together for the most part, formed the band as young teenagers, wrote songs, decided to record an album in Bassin’s basement – sneakers as props. mic, covers draped over the amps – and bought it from labels, which quickly stumbled upon Geese.
In the spring of 2020, as the members finished their senior years in the grip of the pandemic at home, they met several indie favorites – among them Sub Pop and Fat Possum – before finally signing with Partisan Records (IDLES, Chubby and the Gang). .
“[Label founder Tim Putnam] gave us everything we asked for and he just expressed that he believed in music, ”said Winter, from Geese’s new headquarters in Brooklyn, a crowded workout space they call The Nest.
“He looked really ambitious,” Green adds.
Ambition returns several times while chatting with the group, all five have gathered around the Zoom call, making jokes inside, ending each other’s thoughts – clearly a unit. Ambition is the reason they chose “Disco” as their big introduction.
“We wanted the first statement to be as big as possible,” Winter said. “[‘Disco’] has a lot of different parts, some of them are really loud and some are really melodic and that sums up the contrast of the album well.
The kaleidoscopic sound of the new record is a testament to the members’ wide range of influences: Winter loves Debussy and Jeff Buckley, Hudson studied Jimmy Page, Green opts for Wilco’s Nels Cline and Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien (“I love pedals They say), DiGesu is a bassline guy from McCartney and Bassin was passionate about Nirvana and Soundgarden.
A funky second single titled “Low Era”, released Tuesday with the album’s announcement, drips with the swag of a band without borders.
When asked what, if anything, brings the record together, Winter laughs, “Just angst, I don’t know.”
Geese has only played two shows since the release of “Disco” and was delighted that some people were familiar with the single.
But due to their youth and ambition (here it is again) to grow up as musicians, they are already writing the next album, which may look completely different from their upcoming debut.
“We really change all the time because we get bored very easily with certain sounds,” says Winter.
So before anyone even heard Projector, they are already on Geese 2.0?
All the guys are nodding their heads.
“Yeah, pretty much,” said Winter.