Same Side has already published their new EP “Same Side” an this is what we think about it

Kicking off with a shoegazing intent and vocals reminiscent of Sebadoh’s Lou Barlow I instantly connected with this. A melancholy dream pop sound with a real yearning and depth to it. Kevin Geyer from The Story so Far and Elder Brother has sat on this for 3 years and now finally it gets a release and displays a mellower side to the man and it works well.

His talent for creating atmospheres around well crafted songs is evident on all 5 songs here. This is another outlet for his talents and I for one hope we will eventually get a full album.

he Story So Far and Elder Brother’sKevin Geyer has announced the self-titled debut EP, due out on May 29th via Pure Noise Records. The five-song collection was recorded at The Panda Studios in Fremont, California, with longtime The Story So Far and Elder Brother producer Sam Pura, whose resumé also includes State Champs and Hundredth.
“I recorded this EP about 3 years ago and it’s been taking the back seat to other projects until now”. He continues: “I’m excited to finally share these songs with the world and to have an outlet for songs I write that don’t necessarily fit anywhere else”.

With his penchant for uncovering buried feelings of melancholy and yearning, often weaving and conjuring in isolation in a stream of consciousness style flow, Geyer’s Same Side alter-ego is the perfect repository for unflinchingly intimate minimalism with depth, vibrancy, and earnestness. While poetic themes of loss and reflection will no doubt resonate with anyone going through a bad breakup, the five songs that comprise the “Same Side” EP soar with a dreamy melodic optimism. “I’ve always gravitated toward the mellower stuff”Kevin says of his songwriting. “As I’ve gotten a little bit older and my musical tastes have expanded, this is what comes out naturally for me. I love what we do in The Story So Far and how it’s evolved. This is another outlet, a chance to explore a different side of me”.

Under the guise of Same Side, The Story So Far and Elder Brother’s Kevin Geyer opens his personal musical journal to the world. With his penchant for uncovering buried feelings of melancholy and yearning, often weaving and conjuring in isolation in a stream of consciousness style flow, Geyer’s Same Side alter-ego is the perfect repository for unflinchingly intimate minimalism with depth, vibrancy, and earnestness. 

While poetic themes of loss and reflection will no doubt resonate with anyone going through a bad breakup, the five songs that comprise the self-titled debut EP from Same Side soar with a dreamy melodic optimism. It’s a hat trick similarly employed by slowcore standard bearers like Red House Painters and Low, acknowledging its debt to the late Elliott Smith and American Football, but forging a unique identity. 

“These songs came together a few years ago as I was going through some changes in my personal situation,” Kevin explains. “I’d have an instrumental idea that I’d sit on for a while until melodies sort of just bubbled up on their own. There were some feelings I had been holding onto subconsciously.” 

That sense of an organic and therapeutic letting go permeates the EP. Guitars ebb and flow with gentle focus; the drums are sparse, tasteful, and controlled. Same Side sounds like waking up from a dream. 

Tim Keppie

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