The Unamused Kraken is the musical pseudonym of Cherylyn Geers, a singer-songwriter from Cincinnati who takes an entirely DIY approach. She recently returned from her first tour, which consisted of two weeks of busking and playing shows as well as open mics in various Midwestern cities. Now, her focus is on editing songs for her second album, which will be independently released upon its completion in 2015.
Her first album, “Starlight & Cicadas”, is available on Bandcamp, both digitally and on CDs with hand-crafted packaging. Since its release, The Unamused Kraken has performed as an opening act for touring artists from Tennessee, New Jersey, and even Poland! She also performed solo at Taffy's, filled in as host of a local open mic at Trailside Cafe, and performed in the Day & Night Music Festival in Cleveland.
She also makes regular appearances at local open mics five nights a week, including Wunderbar!, Shady O’Grady’s, Knotty Pine, By Golly’s, Sam Ash, and Taffy’s. The local musicians at these events constantly influence her technique and lyrics, and build on her original inspirations ranging from alternative and classic rock to folk singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s.
The Unamused Kraken's music is focused on strong lyrics, which are often the first part of the compositional process. This literary approach is evident in the name she chose, which originates from a sentence in the novel "Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: "The kraken is not amused." The moniker arose shortly after she began writing full songs, though her lifelong love of words led to composing occasional fragments of songs before dedicating herself to the art in 2008.
Singing has always been one of her favorite activities, and she learned guitar a year and a half later in order to accompany her lyrics. She also started experimenting with banjo a year ago, and now has also begun playing the harmonica. After spending the majority of her life involved in various musical activities, she realized that her longtime dream of being a musician would be her life's mission. And with several Cincinnati gigs under her belt, as well as shows throughout the Midwest, The Unamused Kraken is well on her way.
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