Geoff Useless in Italy with the Kurt Baker band
|Born||January 17, 1980|
|Origin||Portsmouth, New Hampshire|
|Genres||Punk rock, pop punk, folk punk, rock n roll|
|Labels||Livid Records, Rally Records, Hopeless Records, Suburban Home Records, Doheny Records|
|Associated acts||The Connection, Kurt Baker, Wimpy and The Medallions, The Queers, The Guts, The Drunken Cholos, The Nobodys|
Geoffrey Palmer (born January 17, 1980 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States), better known by the stage name Geoff Useless, is an American musician from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He played bass and provided backing vocals for The Queers, and played guitar and did lead vocals for The Guts and The Nobodys.
Currently he has a folk punk solo project with other musicians around Portsmouth called The Geoff Useless (Band), and a traditional rock and roll band called The Connection. The Connection's debut album New England's Newest Hitmakers was released in the Summer of 2011.
Palmer was born in 1980 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and as a teenager became the bassist for the Portsmouth, New Hampshire punk rock band The Queers. He played on the band's 1998 release's Everything's OK and Punk Rock Confidential. Following his departure from The Queers, he was the guitarist/singer for The Nobodys, and then his longtime band The Guts.
The Guts were formed by Useless, along with bassist Nate Doyle and drummer Rick Orcutt, when they were students at Portsmouth High School. Originally known as She’s a Guy, they changed the bands name to The Guts.
They released their first album Sensitive side of The Guts in 2001. In 2003 they put out their second full length Say Goodbye to Fun and the EP So What If We're On DBD? After going on a hiatus, the band reformed in 2006, and did a worldwide tour, with stops in America, Canada, and Europe, adding Courtney Denison, of The Lanterns, as their second guitarist for the European dates. That year they re-released all their old material in a compilation called Sometimes You Just Can't Win, and put out a new EP called Mucho Punk Rock N' Roll.
In 2007, the band played Insubordination Fest, where in addition to doing a set of their own, did sets backing up Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel, and former Queers singer Wimpy Rutherford. CD/DVD sets from the show, of The Guts, and Wimpy Rutherford with The Guts, were released on Insubordination Records in 2008. That year they would also release what would be their last full-length album, Let it Go, which was recorded at Butch Vig's Smart Studios.
Geoff Useless returned to music in 2010 with his first solo album Don't Stop.
Geoff started The Connection in 2011 with Brad Marino. The band has toured Europe and has gained a cult following inside of the Power Pop musical genre by playing shows with the legendary Paul Collins (musician) of The Nerves and The Paul Collins Beat. The Connections song "Seven Nights to Rock" was picked by Steven Van Zandt and his XM radio show "Little Steven's Garage" as the "Coolest Song in The World" for August 2012.
In 2012 Geoff started Collectors Club Records with fellow New England musician Kurt Baker and have released albums and singles by The Connection, Baker and Wimpy and The Medallions, which features the original vocalist for The Queers Wimpy Rutherford.
- Everything's OK - The Queers (1998) Hopeless Records
- Punk Rock Confidential - The Queers (1998) Hopeless Records
- I've Been Everywhere - The Nobodys (2000) Suburban Home Records
The Drunken Cholos
- Livin La Vida Loca - The Drunken Cholos (2001) Doheny Records
- Sensitive side of The Guts (LP) (2001)
- Say Goodbye to Fun (LP) (2003)
- So What If We're On DBD? (EP) (2003)
- Sometimes You Just Can't Win (Compilation) (2006)
- Mucho Punk Rock N' Roll (EP) (2006)
- Stickin' With It (split w/ The Prozacs) (EP) (2007)
- Let it Go (LP) (2008)
- Insubordination Fest 2007 (Live) (2008)
- Insubordination Fest 2007 (w/ Wimpy Rutherford) (Live) (2008)
- A Safe Return To The Forest (split w/ The Jizz Kids) (EP) (2009)
- Songs Of Freedom (LP) (2012)
- Tell Me What EP - Geoff Useless (2009) Livid Records
- Don't Stop - Geoff Useless (2010) Livid Records
- Stop Talking EP - The Connection (2011) Fun With Asbestos Records
- New England's Newest Hit Makers - The Connection (2011) Collector's Club Records
- Seven Nights To Rock EP - The Connection (2012) Collector's Club Records
- split with The Cry - The Connection (2013) Mooster Records
- "The Connection" - The Connection (2013) King Yum Records
- "Crawling From The Wreckage of A Saturday Night" - The Connection Collector's Club Records
- "Let It Rock" - The Connection (2013) King Yum Records
- Rocking for a Living - Kurt Baker (2011)
- Want You Around - Kurt Baker (2012) Jolly Ronnie Records
- Brand New Beat - Kurt Baker (2012) Collector's Club Records
Wimpy and The Medallions
- Still Headed Nowhere" - Wimpy and The Medallions (2013) Collector's Club Records
- The Queers | AllMusic
- The Nobodys | AllMusic
- The Guts | AllMusic
- Jersey Beat | From The Editor's Desk
- "The Guts get back in the game". Wirenh.com. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Jeanné McCartin (2008-12-23). "This Portsmouth punk 'girl' rocks". SeacoastOnline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Testa, Jim (2007-07-11). "Jersey Beat'S Video Eyes". Jerseybeat.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- "The Guts; Avant Coast; Moses Irons". Wirenh.com. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- Elizabeth Dinan (2009-03-14). "Heroin suspect, a waiter and The Guts singer, arrested for allegedly missing court date". SeacoastOnline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
- "It’s only rock ’n’ roll". Wirenh.com.
- Geoff Useless official website
- Livid Records
- Wire NH article on Geoff Useless
- Geoff Useless @ Bandcamp
- Geoff Useless @ Interpunk.com
- The Guts @ Interpunk.com
- The Connection's Website