As soon as I encounter the band Geese it’s automatic to trail back to that beautifully brilliant project of Emma Smith’s and Vince Sipprell’s, which ultimately means any other is geared for failure, unless they absolutely astound. Geese is another band with the same name who actually begin and ends in Brooklyn, as a project between friends to build a home studio out of a basement. Their debut album Projector (out via Partisan/Play It Again Sam digitally on Oct 29th, and then on LP/CD/CAS on Dec 3) is born from the same ambition: make music by any means necessary. Despite liking this ethos, their DIY indie sound is not quite up to scratch to be associating with this bird.
The album’s nine songs merge all the restless anxiety and pent-up frustration of trying to figure out life at 18, a band of youthful energy clearly influenced by bands such as The Editors, Intrerpol and The Strokes. Their permanent but ever-evolving wall-of-sound adds to the restlessness and anxiety, rendering it curiously alien, yet strangely familiar.
Projector was written, produced, and recorded by Geese during their junior and senior years of high school at their home studio (a space they lovingly dub ‘The Nest’). Singer Cameron Winter would write each song, and then the band – guitarist Gus Green, guitarist Foster Hudson, bassist Dom DiGesu, and drummer Max Bassin – would learn, practice, and record all in the time between the end of school and their hard 10pm cut off when (in true NYC fashion) the neighbours would start complaining. The LP was mixed by Dan Carey (Squid, black midi, Fontaines D.C.)
If we consider all of the above, and then think about how mature the sound is for a bunch of lads laying this album down whilst at school, it all becomes very impressive. Tracks such as Rain Dance and Low Era have a confidence about them, however much they are drawing upon art school bands such as Franz Ferdinand, whilst still maintaining that restlessness and DIY elements. However, I can’t help but feel that whilst they have a lot going for them they will never reach Geese status. Perhaps a frenetic bird like Starlings would be more apt a name, and we can put this comparison to rest, as with much going for them including being signed to Partisan, it would be a shame to lose out over a name.
Projector is out on 29 October, via Partisan Records