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The Unamused Kraken

The Unamused Kraken is the musical pseudonym of Cherylyn Geers, a singer-songwriter from Cincinnati with a completely DIY approach. She is about to embark on her first tour, and last summer she independently released her first album, Starlight & Cicadas, which is currently available on Bandcamp digitally and on cds with hand-crafted packaging.

Her musical inclinations tend toward folk singer-songwriters of the 60s and 70s, but also incorporate many other influences like classic and alternative rock. This mixture is steeped in inspiration from the local musicians she encounters at the open mics she frequents.

Lately, The Unamused Kraken has been opening for artists from Tennessee, New Jersey, and even Poland! She also has performed solo at Taffy's, filled in as host of a local open mic, and performed in the Day & Night Music Festival in Cleveland.

The Unamused Kraken's music is based on strong lyrics, which are often the first part of the compostional process. The name of the project reveals the word-based bent--it comes from "Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman--"The kraken is not amused." In fact, Cherylyn began as a lyricist, composing occasional fragments of songs and dedicating herself to the process in 2008.

She learned guitar a year and a half later in order to accompany her singing, and started learning banjo a year ago as well. After spending the majority of her life experimenting with music of some form or another, she gradually came to the conclusion that her longtime dream of being a musician should become her life's mission. And with several Cincinnati gigs under her belt and plans for her first tour coming together, The Unamused Kraken is well on her way.


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