The pools of music influential to Ed Geater is varied at least, confusing at most; folk, electronica, hip-hop, alternative rock. However the precision with which he prises elements from each genre and perfectly balances them embodies the unique sound of Ed Geater. At the core of his repertoire are his beatboxed loops and breaks, enhanced with intricate guitar work and vocals. On recordings these textures are easy to pass off as electronic instrumentation, but when performed live the layers of each song come into their own and the complexity involved is clearly apparent, not that Ed shows it!
The event to launch his second EP, Unseen, last week was a triumph. Held at a cosy Mama Roux’s, a mini New Orleans in the middle of Digbeth, the warm buzz inside was a long way from the brick and iron that surrounds. The venue was full to the brim with friends, family and those appreciative of creative flair which the acts all flaunted.
The two supports personified the split in Ed’s influences; Alex Rainsford representing the acoustic side and Lady Sanity, hip-hop. Together the three defined Birmingham’s music scene and boy did the crowd support that. Having played Glastonbury Festival this summer people are beginning to pick up on Lady Sanity and there’s no wonder, she possesses the stage presence of a natural performer. She’s not just the pretty vocal hook, her lyrics and delivery get you hooked, your eyes fix on hers as she blinks and spits through her bars; a strong woman who knows there’s a future for her.
In between acts was a lively affair, the soundman-come-DJ pumping out some serious electronic dub. But when Ed was ready, poised on stage, the ease and cool that he carried was immediately emulated by the crowd. Ed moved from his downtempo, tender ‘Steady Strides’ off his debut EP, Barriers through to the upbeat, complex composition of his newest track ‘Symmetry’, finishing with a cover of a much loved classic; Radio Head – Karma Police which whipped the dance floor into some dynamic shapes! The sincerity of his thank yous belied the depth of his abilities, but Ed better get used to saying them because there’s going to be a lot more admiration ahead.
Photography: Charlie Geater