Geographer (Night 2 of 2)
Manatee Commune, Oliver Riot
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012
This event is 21 and over
Formed in San Francisco in 2007, Geographer is the moniker for Mike Deni's American synthpop/indie rock band. Deni 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 (2008), Myth (2012), andGhost Modern (2015). Along with three EPs: Animal Shapes (2010), Endless Motion (2015), andAlone Time (2018).
Deni relocated to San Francisco from New Jersey, after living with the aftermath of the sudden and tragic death of his sister, and then the equally unexpected death of his father a year later. While sleeping on the floor of his friends' apartment in the Haight, Deni found a synthesizer on the street and began to channel both his grief and his optimism into the songs that would become Innocent Ghosts. This theme would continue through all his music, which pits intense and emotionally probing lyrics with momentous and soaring arrangements, often featuring electric cello. The Animal Shapes EP put Geographer on the map and launched his career. Since that release, Geographer has headlined multiple national tours, performed at festivals such as Outside Lands and Firefly and toured with musical luminaries such as K.Flay, The Flaming Lips, Young The Giant, Tycho, Ratatat, Betty Who, and Tokyo Police Club.
In 2018 Deni gave up his apartment in San Francisco and hopped between tours and friends' couches for the next 6 months, spending a month in his hometown in NJ, and a few weeks in Italy, where both sides of his family are from, before relocating to Los Angeles. During that time of shiftlessness, in limbo between his old and new life, Deni wrote the songs that would become the New Jersey EP. Many of the songs began in NJ in his childhood home and were finished in Los Angeles at his friend's house while looking for an apartment. "Summer of My Discontentment" and "Love is Wasted in the Dark" are the first pieces of music written during that time to be released by Deni and explore the notions of origin, nostalgia, and the metamorphosis of the dreams of the young.
Oliver Riot--comprised of twin brothers Benjamin and Alexander Moore--are steadily making waves in the music scene with a string of accomplishments and upcoming features including: performances with Frenship, Benjamin Leftwich, Tom Grennan and Kevin Garrett; performances on Balcony TV Hollywood and SoFar Sounds LA, coverage from KCRW, BBC Radio 1, EARMILK, Indie Shuffle, Nylon, and many more; their second single “Hallucinate” was featured in the E! Network series, Royals, and their tracks have already accumulated over 25 Million plays and 750,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone including their first single, Ivory Black which reached 5.2 million plus plays alone. The music was recently featured on Riot Games, League of Legends championship video which got an estimated 15 million views. They have played to packed rooms at prestigious Hollywood venues including Hard Rock Café, Hotel Café, Moroccan Lounge, Key Club, and Itsaschoolnight at Bardot. They have been featured on Sofar Sounds three times and performed the Beverly Hills Gibson showroom, following the commencement of their current sponsorship from Gibson. Special guests included guitar icons, such as Robby Krieger of The Doors and Deryck Whibley of Sum 41.
The identical twins originally from New Mexico spent their youth busking bars, breweries, and street corners, performing gypsy music in the style of Django Reinhardt before moving to Los Angeles. Shortly following their move, Oliver Riot took home first place in the Grammy’s annual “Rock The Mic Competition”, showcasing emerging California artists, and were awarded studio time with legendary producer, Mike Clink (Guns N’ Roses, Eddie Money, Metallica, etc.).
In November 2015 Oliver Riot released their debut EP, Hallucinate, produced in its entirety by accomplice "Real Miilk” in the back of a 200 year old church in Los Angeles. Alexander lived in his van parked outside of the church while writing Hallucinate, and the brothers ultimately moved into the church’s back room to record the album from inside its aging walls. Currently, the duo has moved from the church, purchasing their first house in LA. The twins recently released their second highly anticipated EP, Neurosis, which has been creating quite the buzz, featured frequently on LA’s legendary radio station KCRW and re- tweeted by celebrities such as Chloe Grace Moretz and a mention by Sophia Bush in InStyle magazine. They are in studio working on their third release.
Often compared to James Vincent McMorrow, James Blake, and Passenger, IndieTrendSetters says, "Oliver Riot is a dazzling point of unnoticed incandescence, an ineffable aurora devoid of deserving admirers, a true work of underground art that makes mainstream music look like superficial sham."