Geekd is the professional name of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Christian Moreno. Hailing from the Chiacgo suburb of Schaumburg, Illinois, Moreno has been playing music since childhood. Two years ago, after receiving a formal education in music performance, he decided to try his had at composition. In 2020 he debuted as Geekd with the 4-song EP “The Fairytale Starlight.”
With a healthy dose of melodic guitar noise, a pounding Garage Rock rhythm section and trippy, esoteric lyrics, the Geekd sound is born of a classic era in Alternative Rock. It’s a space in music history that lands somewhere between the jangly guitar College Rock of REM and the Punk/Metal Grunge of Nirvana. In the late 80’s and early 90’s bands like Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr created a sort of American Shoegaze sound that combined Punk sensibility with psychedelic experimentation and cerebral, introspective lyrics. Moreno finds inspiration in these and similar artists for his own music.
Smashing Pumpkins is the big one that made me fall in love with music. I also dig the Dandy Warhols, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Jane’s Addiction, Pink Floyd, Bully and Sufjan Stevens, among many others.Christian Moreno (Geekd)
“Hikikomori” is the current single from “The Fairytale Starlight.” The track opens with the moan of an overamped electric guitar before kicking into an upbeat, percussive bass and drum romp. Layers of clean and distorted guitars create a wall of melodic psychedelia as Moreno sings a hypnotic tale of an introvert’s view of the ‘normal’ people he meets as he strolls through his day. The tune rolls along on that groove until the last verse where it ends in a cool cacophony of guitars. It’s a great sound that merges classic Alt/Rock with a modern Indie aesthetic.
Check out the entire EP “The Fairytale Starlight,” below. You can also hear the song “Hikikomori” on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below the video to connect with Christian Moreno and get in the loop on all of the Geekd music yet to come.