Last night, I got a chance to see Geographer
and Betty Who
perform at Brooklyn Steel, as well as the opening act, pop singer Jackson Harris. As a recent fan of Geographer, and knowing almost nothing about Betty Who going in, I didn't quite know what to expect from the show. That being said, despite my lack of expectations, I was pretty blown away by the whole thing.
One of the coolest parts of Geographer's performance was the unique instrumentation. It isn't often that you get to see a band playing electro-pop that includes a cellist soloing on electric cello and saxophone. In fact, I don't think I've even seen an electric cello in real life before last night. With the addition of these instruments weaving their sounds into the typical synths, guitars, and drums, catchy songs and meaningful lyrics were taken to a new level. Although a lot of the crowd seemed to be there mainly for Betty Who, the headlining act, you couldn't help but get into Geographer's set.
By the time Geographer's set was over, the venue was packed to the brim - you could definitely tell it was a sold out show. As I made my way back to the photo pit in front of the stage, trying and failing to avoid people's sloshing drinks (is it even a show if nobody spills beer on you?) I could feel the anticipation in the air. As soon as Betty Who took the stage, I could tell why - through every song, Betty and her backup dancers kept the energy up with super fun popstar moves, and her band, dressed in all white, didn't hesitate to join in. By the end of her set, I was definitely a fan. You can watch an interview we did with Betty Who earlier this year down below, and see her radiant energy for yourself.
During the course of the show, I gathered that this was the last show of their tour together. You could tell from the energy that each band was giving this last night their all, and there were plenty of heartwarming moments. Toward the end of Geographer's performance, leading member Mike Deni gave a shout out to the Betty Who crew, emphasizing that all the people involved with the tour were the nicest people - "nicer than they ever had to be." There was a lot of love last night, not only from the audience, but between the performing bands.
Overall, seeing Geographer perform live last night definitely convinced me to get more into their music. With their unique live set-up, which mirrors the instrumentation in their studio albums, it's hard not to love their lush layers of sound. Make sure to be on the lookout for a Baeble session from Geographer in the future, too - after last night's high-energy performance, the band stopped by the office this morning for a more intimate session.