Geyser Makes a Scene on Debut EP “Cover Your Eyes”

Geyser Makes a Scene on Debut EP “Cover Your Eyes”

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Minneapolis four-piece Geyser arrives on the alt-rock scene with impassioned debut, Cover Your Eyes.

There are few things as rewarding as being presented with a triumphant debut from a young group, and alternative rock outfit Geyser has delivered just that, while showcasing vocal and instrumental aptitude demanding our attention. Friday marks the release of Cover Your Eyes, a five-track EP independently released by the Minneapolis-based four-piece consisting of guitarist Ryan Dugan, guitarist Juliet Kelson, bassist Corbin Dodd, and drummer Jack Henry Lickerman. The EP deviates between hard-hitting lyrical refrains and instrumental breakdowns evident of the on-stage vivacity Geyser has been fostering since their formation in 2018.

According to the band, the recording of the project took place during the intermittent hours between booked sessions in a studio where the group’s drummer was interning at the time, typically between the hours of 11pm and 5am. These unique circumstances offer Cover Your Eyes a DIY origin that is consistently met with warm welcome from the indie community, and the caffeine-fueled aestheticism is not lost amongst its instrumental textures.

The introductory tracks of the EP are relatively simple in terms of lyricism, emphasizing instrumental maturity and complex vocal harmonies from three of the four group members. The EP opens in the way all effective debuts should – not with an easeful decent but rather an uninhibited confrontation of sound. “Fish Out of Water” pilots the EP with fervent guitar riffs similar to Y2K garage rock, coupled with the repeated refrain: “I’m a fish out of water / I fought the governor’s daughter / Just to make a scene” – and “make a scene” this track does. Overdriven instrumentation draped by polished harmonization delivers a track that is entirely nuanced in its surprising contrast.

Second track “Grace” offers a brief diversion from exhilarating highs to explore a more poignant indulgence of Geyser’s sonic scope. This takes the form of a ballad complete with orchestral embellishments. Hazy vocals and minor chords give way to brooding melodies in an experimentation apropos for a debut project. However, in contrast to the group’s fortitude in assertive guitar-heavy instrumentation, this track packs less of a punch.

Instrumental interlude “In A!” is an unabridged assertion of Geyser’s musical propensity in the most jarring and effective manner. In a full three minutes following mercurial guitar, Geyser takes on the role of a veteran rock band performing a decades-old stage favorite. Even while lacking lyrics, “In A!” is an absolute earworm of a track and is easily the most memorable moment of Cover Your Eyes. This is followed by the penultimate track “Acrobat”, which begins with intricate looping guitar but is ultimately a showcase of accomplished vocal performance. 

The paramount victory of Cover Your Eyes arrives on the last track, “Serpent” – a seven minute knockout of a finale featuring the convergence of all the elements that make this EP successful. From vocal complexities to multi-layered instrumentation, this track showcases the lyrical level Geyser has proven they’re capable of reaching.

“The indelible paper footprint

On my sandpaper skeleton

It’s not more than a constant reminder

Of everything that I mean to him

And it goes on and on and on”

With Cover Your Eyes, Geyser arrives on the music scene sonically swinging in a wildly successful demonstration of both skill beyond their years and coherence as a band. Drawing from classic rock influences, Geyser presents a take that is as nostalgic as it is distinctive and promises nothing less than exceptional things to come.

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