Geneva (band)

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Geneva
Origin Aberdeen, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock, art rock, indie rock, indie pop
Years active 1992–2000
Labels Nude Records
Website Official archive site
Past members Andrew Montgomery
Steven Dora
Keith Graham
Stuart Evans
Douglas Caskie

Geneva were a British alternative rock band from Aberdeen, Scotland.[1]

Career[edit]

The band were formed in 1992 by vocalist Andrew Montgomery and guitarist Steven Dora. They recruited second guitarist Stuart Evans, bass player Keith Graham and finally drummer Craig Brown. Craig was later replaced by Douglas Caskie. Originally the band were called Sunfish.[1]

One of their demos found their way to Suede’s record label, Nude, who signed the band in 1996. The band changed their name, originally to Garland, then later to Geneva, and released their debut single "No One Speaks" the same year. The band garnered enough press to headline NME's annual Bratbus tour of up and coming bands in early 1997. The band released second single "Into the Blue" to coincide with the tour.

Musical style[edit]

The band fitted well with the current musical scene and were well promoted by the UK music press of the time. As a reaction to the fading Britpop scene many bands rejected the laddish ideals of bands like Oasis and wrote darker, more intelligent songs, in the vein of contemporaries such as Gene and Strangelove. Montgomery’s relatively high-pitched vocals were often compared to Suede's Brett Anderson.[1]

Albums[edit]

Geneva released their debut album, Further, early in June 1997. The album mixed power pop with darker brooding songs. It reached No. 20 in the UK Albums Chart, and included amongst others the NME voted "Single of the Year", "Tranquilizer", plus "Best Regrets", "No One Speaks" and "Into the Blue".[1] All four singles from the album reached the UK Top 40.

The second album, Weather Underground, was released in March 2000, after more than a year of wrangling with the band's record label. It was preceded by the single "Dollars in the Heavens" (which only made the UK Top 60) and followed by the single "If You Have To Go". The band split later that year.

Current whereabouts[edit]

Following the breakup of Geneva, Montgomery embarked on a number of musical collaborations, most notably with American composer Ben Neill and Leeds electronica guru Overseer. Montgomery formed a band called Amityville with guitarist Stuart Peck and drummer David Bevis; they released the Pacific Radio Fire EP in 2004 to critical acclaim - a limited release, it quickly sold out. Amityville broke up in late 2005 and Montgomery formed a duo with Keris Howard called St Famous. In March 2009 Montgomery announced on the band's Myspace page that Keris Howard has decided to leave and St Famous is a solo project now. Montgomery continues to collaborate with a number of musicians and record producers.

Evans and Graham formed 69CORP and released an album, Our Present to the Future in 2005, although 69CORP now consists of just Graham.

Montgomery appeared in the "Identity Parade" in series 22 (2008) of the BBC television programme Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

Discography[edit]

Geneva discography
Releases
Studio albums 2
Singles 8

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
UK Albums Chart[2]
1997 Further 20[3]
2000 Weather Underground
  • Released: 6 March 2000
  • Labels: Nude Records
117

Singles[edit]

Year Song UK Singles Chart[3] Album
1996 "No One Speaks" 32 Further
1997 "Into the Blue" 26
"Tranquillizer" 24
"Best Regrets" 38
1999 "Dollars in the Heavens" 59 Weather Underground
2000 "If You Have to Go" 69
"Cassie" / "Have You Seen the Horizon Lately?" (Promo)
Musecone 1 (Promo)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 380. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ "UK Chartlog". zobbel.de. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 225. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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