Geoff Useless

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Geoff Palmer (aka Geoff Useless)
Photo of Geoff Useless live.jpg
Geoff Palmer in Italy with the Kurt Baker band
Background information
Born (1980-01-17) January 17, 1980 (age 34)
Origin Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Genres Punk rock, power pop, folk punk, rock n roll
Occupations Singer-Songwriter
Years active 1996-present
Labels Livid Records, Rally Records, Hopeless Records, Suburban Home Records, Doheny Records
Associated acts The Connection, Kurt Baker,The New Trocaderos, Wimpy and The Medallions, The Queers, The Guts, The Drunken Cholos, The Nobodys
Website http://the-connection.bandcamp.com
Notable instruments
Gibson SG, Vox Amps

Geoffrey Palmer (born January 17, 1980 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, United States), also 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[1] straight out of high school, and played guitar and did lead vocals for The Guts and The Nobodys.[2][3]

In early 2011, he did a folk punk solo project with other musicians around Portsmouth called The Geoff Useless (Band).[4] Currently, he co-writes songs for, and plays lead guitar in, a traditional rock and roll /powerpop band called The Connection. The Connection's debut album New England's Newest Hit Makers was released in the Summer of 2011. It, and subsequent releases, captured the attention of Steve Van Zandt, E Street Band member and creator of the popular Sirius XM Radio Station, Little Steven's Underground Garage. Over about a one year period, Van Zandt went on to name four Connection songs "Coolest Song in the World," putting each in heavy rotation to give the band continual nationwide exposure.

Biography[edit]

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 Palmer, 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 band's name to The Guts.[5]

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.[6][7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In 2009, Geoff Useless was arrested on suspicion of heroin possession, and again for failing to appear in court.[10] The band broke up shortly after this. No heroin had been seized by police, however, and no drug-related charge was ever filed against Palmer, leaving him with a clean record and creating suspicion that coercive police tactics had been unsuccessfully employed.

Geoff Palmer released his first solo album Don't Stop.[5] in 2010.

Palmer started The Connection in 2011 with Brad Marino. The band has toured Europe twice and has gained an avid following in the Power Pop musical genre, playing shows with The Flamin' Groovies, Mark Lindsay, Richie Ramone, The Figgs, Muck and The Mires, the legendary Paul Collins (musician) of The Nerves and The Paul Collins Beat. The Connection's song "Seven Nights to Rock" was picked by Steven Van Zandt and his SiriusXM radio show "Little Steven's Underground Garage" as the "Coolest Song in The World" for the week of August 12, 2012. The band went on to receive "Coolest Song" honors and saturation airplay three more times over the next year with the original Marino/Palmer compositions "Comes 'n' Goes," 4/7/13, "Crawling From The Wreckage of A Saturday Night," 7/8/13, and "Girls In This Town," 9/1/13.

In early 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum selected The Connection to perform at its 11th annual “It’s Only Rock and Roll” Spring Benefit to "an exclusive audience of 1,000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame VIPS." The event will take place at Cleveland's Public Hall (Auditorium), the same venue at which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony sometimes is held. Daryl Hall and John Oates are slated to perform later in the evening. Proceeds from the May 10, 2014 event go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum's music education activities.

In 2012 Palmer founded Collector's Club Records with fellow New England musician Kurt Baker. The label has released albums and singles by The Connection, Baker, and Wimpy and The Medallions, which features the original vocalist for The Queers Wimpy Rutherford.[11]

In November 2013, Brad Marino, Geoff Palmer (The Connection) and Kurt Baker recorded a two-track CD as The New Trocaderos. On March 3, 2014, the New Trocaderos track “The Kids” was named a “Coolest Song In The World” on SiriusXM radio show "Little Steven's Underground Garage". This was the seventh time (including two Kurt Baker "Coolest Songs") a song involving Palmer went on to receive "Coolest Song" honors.

Discography[edit]

The Queers[edit]

The Nobodys[edit]

JJ Nobody and The Regulars[edit]

The Drunken Cholos[edit]

The Guts[edit]

  • 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)

Solo[edit]

  • Tell Me What EP - Geoff Useless (2009) Livid Records
  • Don't Stop - Geoff Useless (2010) Livid Records

The Connection[edit]

Kurt Baker[edit]

  • 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
  • "Girls Got Money / Yeah? Yeah!" 45 - Kurt Baker (2013) Collector's Club Records
  • "Dance With Me Tonight / I Don't Wanna Get Involved" 45 Kurt Baker (2011) Torreznetes Entertainment

Wimpy and The Medallions[edit]

  • Still Headed Nowhere" - Wimpy and The Medallions (2013) Collector's Club Records

The New Trocaderos[edit]

  • "Money Talks / The Kids" - The New Trocaderos (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Queers | AllMusic
  2. ^ The Nobodys | AllMusic
  3. ^ The Guts | AllMusic
  4. ^ Jersey Beat | From The Editor's Desk
  5. ^ a b http://www.wirenh.com/music-mainmenu-5/15-music-general/4602-not-your-average-guy.html
  6. ^ "The Guts get back in the game". Wirenh.com. 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  7. ^ Jeanné McCartin (2008-12-23). "This Portsmouth punk 'girl' rocks". SeacoastOnline.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  8. ^ Testa, Jim (2007-07-11). "Jersey Beat'S Video Eyes". Jerseybeat.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  9. ^ "The Guts; Avant Coast; Moses Irons". Wirenh.com. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "It’s only rock ’n’ roll". Wirenh.com. 

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