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Geoff Ong - Single/Video Review: Don’t Know You No More

12 Oct 2018 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Not long after his successful single Fingerprints was released and received airplay on actual radio stations, comes Auckland based Geoff Ong’s “banger” of a tune Don’t Know You No More, coinciding with a fun, frolicsome somewhat tongue-in-cheek video directed by Lochana Wijesundera, busting moves reminiscent of the “Carlton” (youngins may have to Google that) and cementing his self-proclaimed status of “pop star for dorks”. He has a wicked sense of humour which has given me a few giggles whilst stalking him for research.

All frivolity aside, the lyrics tell a sad tale about that moment when you realise someone who you used to know intimately is a stranger again. “We’re still friends on Facebook and stuff and sometimes we’ll like each other’s post, but beyond that, I have no idea who they are anymore”. For Geoff this was a sudden realisation which prompted him to write this song.

There is a common theme between Fingerprints and Don’t Know You No More and that is contemplation about those feelings you get when something significant in your life ends, such as a friendship or relationship.

I find Geoff’s music catchy, it’s the kind of pop that makes you automatically want to get a groove on, it is so darn happy sounding.

I called his last release contagious, so is this one. It is so jolly upbeat that it will make you forget about that person on Facebook you used to think was the best thing since sliced bread and is now just toast. For at least 3 minutes and 56 seconds anyway.

The video for this song is young and fresh, full of energetic vibrancy and cool choreography. Visually colourful and fun. You can see Geoff’s humorous streak running through it.

The track itself is a very respectable, clean sounding, extremely radio worthy pop track “Hitting the mark on capturing the long-lasting emotions of a breakup, Geoff Ong transcends to lyrical excellence that many emerging artists can only fathom to reach”.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Geoff Ong

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), Geoff’s life moved into a shiny new chapter- university. The beginning of Geoff’s 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, it’s 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.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Geoff Ong

Releases

The Boston EP
Year: 2015
Type: EP
Streetlights
Year: 2014
Type: EP
The Snorlax Mixtape
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Pictures
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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