Sunday, 18 September 2011

Yorkshire Music Collective/I 'Heart' Indie with Geek at Bingley Music Live

Geek
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Sunday morning and the first band on is Geek, a four piece rock band from Bradford. There's already quite a good crowd here, Bingley festival goers like to come early and set up their chairs and blankets. I recognise a few of the young people down the front from the day before and as yesterday they are showing their support for the unsigned talent too. I like Geek's set, the guitarrist and the bass player alternate vocals and harmonise well with the vocals of the keyboardist as well. I wasn't expecting such a rock sound from one guitar and keyboards but they really pound out a good tune.


Geek
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After their set we try to catch each other numerous times in the backstage area but they are very much in demand and we agree to meet again at their single launch the following week.


So a week later I am at Bradford Playhouse and joined by Sean, guitarrist and vocalist, Andrew, keyboards and vocals, Laycock the drummer and Dave who plays bass and sings.


Obviously the first question has to be if they enjoyed playing at Bingley Music Live and they all agree on "awesome", an amazing experience and without a doubt the best gig they've ever played, and of course the biggest. As it was only a 20 minute set they'd had to whittle down their set list to contain their strongest songs and then they'd practised intensely for a month.


Geek
I Heart Indie Photography
I asked if they'd felt a vibe from the audience as there were quite a lot of people there even though it was early and they said it was fantastic, they weren't used to being so far away from the audience so they were quite surprised at the atmosphere and feedback from the public. I wondered if they'd enjoyed all the attention backstage with numerous interviews and if it had taken long to come back down to earth. They'd all come back down to earth with a bang as they had to work on the Monday!


The conversation moves to the reason we are in the Playhouse tonight which is the release of their single "Something in the Water", the gig is also part of Bradford Science Week. The single is available from their website www.geektheband.com and they also have some gigs lined up in Leeds to further promote the release. They are currently working on an album due for release next Spring. 


Geek
I Heart Indie Photography
I ask if they think they picked up a few new fans at Bingley and they said this was definitely the case, they had enjoyed talking to people after the set and had been surprised to see people they didn't know wearing Geek t-shirts and it had definately been a boost for them.


Geek had got their slot at Bingley because they have been taking part in a mentoring programme at Factory Street Studios, I asked what this entailed and they said it was a 6 months programme which taught you the aspects of band you don't normally have time for when you are rehearsing, such as the business side of things, promoting your band, getting gigs and media interest and they thought it had put them on the right track. 


So for the second time in a couple of weeks, I see Geek playing a really good set - dressed in laboratory coats for the science festival!


Michelle Dalgety
Yorkshire Music Collective/I 'Heart' Indie


Yorkshire Music Collective
I Heart Indie
Geek

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