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Rural and the gang
For his third record Mark Geary swapped New York for Kerry and set out to channel his love for Arcade Fire and Radiohead.
Colm Russell, 19 Apr 2008
Surprisingly, perhaps, it's a point of view for which Geary has some sympathy.
“With the incredible amount of singer-songwriters that are around, I think sometimes I’m kind of guilty by association,” he ventures. “A lot of the criticism is valid, though. I agree with some of it.”
In 2005 Mark scored the US film Loggerheads, taking a brief leap from indie-dom to soundtracking celluloid, like Johnny Greenwood and Damon Gough before him. It's an area he's keen to explore further.
“It appeals to me definitely," he enthuses. “I recently went to see There Will Be Blood, which Jonny Greenwood scored – I think he did a fantastic job, really amazing. The big thing with Once was that it was showing in multiplex cinemas in the middle of Chicago or wherever, and their bit of magic was that you have this thing about Dublin and you have this little love affair. Then at the end of the film, the two main characters literally come out of the screen and perform live! That’s gold dust.
“It’s a great experience working on a film, to be on location, composing music to footage,” he continues. “My manager is also an independent film producer who knows lots of people, so he put me in touch with the producer from Loggerheads – he called me up and said ‘Can you work with this guy and do the score, y’know, write a few songs for it?’ I loved it, it was a great thing to do. I did a film festival tour with Loggerheads, which opened up a totally different audience. You’re being heard by people that don’t go to gigs.”
Loggerheads is actually the second film Geary's been involved with.
“The first one, Steel City, was based on a Bruce Springsteen song and directed by a guy called Brian Jun who's been asked to write the screenplay for the upcoming Jeff Buckley film,” Mark reveals. “I knocked both of them out in two weeks. It’s not always ‘songs’ – it’s sometimes just ten seconds of incidental music.”