If you havenít yet heard of up and coming talent, Geoff Ong, you will soon, with the release of his first EP, Pictures, making quite a name for himself in pop. Pictures, is a great mix of pop soft rock melody, just in time for summer and those long hot days, giving listeners just a glimpse of what Geoff Ong is capable of musicially as an artist.
The opening number, Between You, Me And The Irony, is a twangy upbeat tune, with soft rock overtones and harmonizing melody, while third track in, Ainít It The Truth, starts out as a heartfelt acoustic ballad, giving way to a crunchy, surprising rock number, with strong vocals and piano overtones; A definite stand out track and first single in my opinion.
The closing track Rainy Day Song Is the perfect end to a great choice of songs from Geoff, its soft ballad feel is sweet with lots of melody. The feel of
Pictures is a summer vibe, full of unique feel good songs and just the beginning of what is to come from Geoff Ong. So watch this space. www.geoffong.bandcamp.com
Geoff Ong first began writing music in a short-lived garage band named The HyperHyders. They were pretty bad. After a while though, they realised this ('this' being the fact that they were pretty bad) and made a collective decision to get good. Since then, Geoff has been honing his art by playing, writing, and listening to as much music as possible.
After seeing some success with rock and roll band A.D.D in high school (they were even interviewed live on C4, just quietly), Geoffís life moved into a shiny new chapter- university. The beginning of Geoffís studies at university marked a new period in his musical development- new friends, new bands, and new possibilities. Being involved in as many as 6 bands at once, ranging from hardcore band East of Eden to the Queen City Big Band to the Auckland University Glee Club, itís a wonder Geoff managed to fit in any papers at all. However, the combination of lack of sleep and unhealthy amounts of caffeinated beverages means that he finally scored a degree in mechanical engineering at the end of 2010. +1 intelligence!
While studying and playing in various bands, Geoff was also quietly developing his craft as a solo musician. A few months living in Taranaki saw Geoff come out of his shell- playing solo all over the Taranaki region, and even managing to make it onto the local airwaves. Upon returning to his home of Auckland, he decided to take the prospect of being a solo musician more seriously, and has been gigging around Auckland as often as possible ever since.