Geodesique: All the songs are our babies

Geodesique: All the songs are our babies
Photo by Fairshadow Photography

Geodesique's single "Falling Star" could conjure up visions of meteor showers or Amanda Bynes, but we're hoping for the former. On their latest album Hologram, the trio have written a collection of songs that they've allowed to breathe, grow, and mutate a different animal than any of them could have dreamed of -- an endless, kaleidoscopic-hued, fog-filled chasm.

Before their album release at Cause on Sunday, the band spoke with Gimme Noise about the band origins and how they stay so creatively motivated even after writing so much music.

Band Members: Lala Fairshadow, Zoe Sakti, Oni Sakti

Gimme Noise: Where does the name Geodesique come from, and what does it mean?

Zoe Sakti: The word geodesic means a straight vector represented on a curved surface, which reflects the original members' love for science, mathematics, and symmetry. We decided to use the French spelling of the word once Lala joined, in order to reflect her personality and the romanticism she injects into the music.

Oni Sakti: For me there was a big transition, Zoe had joined me in the Phantoms of the SS project, when she did we started making more structured song, so the two of us broke off and formed Geodesic together and recorded and released 4 albums and 5 EPs. When Lala joined us for a live show everything changed, and we became more structured and focused so the name evolved even more.

Gimme Noise: For the one year anniversary of the band, you gave away a download of "Sirens" off the upcoming album. This is something that is not new to music these days, but how do you feel about a musical culture that is moving more and more towards giving away music and making money in other areas of music?

Lala Fairshadow: My take on this is that I understand the necessity of it as most bands follow this model, this way the music can reach everyone. There's a culture of downloading for free that's not going away and complaining about it being unfair isn't going to help anything. Instead, take the middle road give some of your music away to get it out there, if people like what they hear, they will support you in other ways.

Gimme Noise: How did you meet Howie Weinberg, and how did you come to having him master Hologram?

Oni Sakti: He did some technical work on an old project of mine when I was back on the East Coast, he had mastered a lot of my favorite albums to listen to in the past and when thinking about it this album seemed the first album, I thought was accessible enough to go all out on, so it made sense to have him master it along with me.
Gimme Noise: Oni, this will be your 55th release in the last five years. This is quite a feat. Are you constantly writing? Why do you think you write so much?

Oni Sakti: I have a lot of other projects I work with: Ephedream (being a solo project of mine), but I also work with the projects Phantoms of the SS, Where Fog Meets Skin, the Hiroshima Project, and State Censored Art to name a few, so I am always working on music -- almost daily.

I do not know where it all comes from, it just spills out of me -- different styles, and genres, some strange, some more pop structured. Right now I think it is about 60 releases, and those are either full albums or five-nine song EPs, plus I am in the process of starting up four new projects since winter is coming.

Yes, I am constantly writing or mixing or mastering songs and albums. Why it happens, I cannot say, it just flows constantly. When I am not working on music I am usually painting, I think it is a form of creative OCD, I always need to be making something.

Gimme Noise: How do you find the juice to keep creating? Do the songs ever feel forced to you?

Zoe Sakti: I think we all have our own daily lives that requires a lot of structure, and we feel the need to express who we are and how we feel through one outlet or another. Creating music lets us do just that, and expressing ourselves through sound is a good way to find the catharsis we are looking for. This is purely the reason why we create and perform music, it's never for attention or money, so it could never feel forced.   

Lala Fairshadow: Inspiration can be endless, you just have to pay attention and be receptive to it. Creating is like breathing -- inhale what you see/feel and exhale in the form of expression. Sometimes what you create can form into something beautiful and deeply felt and at other times, it can be just a simple thing that leads to something bigger. The point is to never stop -- like breathing. The present world is a big place, so is the past and so is the future -- just drawing inspiration from that is never-ending. 
Gimme Noise:How did you pick which 15 songs went on Hologram?

Zoe Sakti: We basically just picked the ones we felt the most emotionally attached to, and let it fall into place as a complete album. We had quite a few more tracks than there are on the album, but the ones that we really love and seemed to fit together made it in. 

Oni Sakti: There were a good chunk of songs I would have loved to have seen on the album, but we had to make something more cohesive for the first full length, there were close to 30 songs that we had to pick from, we narrowed it down to 14 then added one more at the very end. To me, the order of songs and the way it flowed was a big part of figuring out which songs would be on the album and which ones would not be. Some of the songs that did not make the album are on the "Signals" EP as B-sides, and there will be more on upcoming EP/Singles.
Gimme Noise: Any standout tracks?

Zoe Sakti: That's for the listener to decide, all the songs are our babies. 

Lala Fairshadow: We all have our favorites, but I can say my favorites are "Day Glow," "Daydream Machine," and "Sirens."

Oni Sakti: For me it would be "Falling Star," "Daydream Machine," "yRotique." and "The Drive."

Gimme Noise: What can we expect to see at the album release show?

Lala Fairshadow: Expect to see some local acts that strive to give their best performances in a fun atmosphere. Bring your dancing shoes.

Zoe Sakti: Oni's balls, probably, and flashing lights.

Oni Sakti: A lot of the songs off of the album really beefed up, a fun cover, some great local bands that are not the norm, and the end of one Chapter of Geodesique, but not the start of the next one...yet.

Geodesique will release Hologram at Cause on Sunday, October 6, 2013 with Dance Assault, Ephedream, and Dichotomy.
21+, $5, 9 pm

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